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Tips On Organic Rose Gardening


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Organic Rose Gardening is becoming more popular. Here are some tips on successfully growing your roses using organic methods.

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Tips On Organic Rose Gardening

  1. 1. Organic Rose Gardening <br />Some Great Tips To Help With Your Organic Rose Gardening<br /><br />
  2. 2. Gardeners across the globe are increasingly favoring organic rose gardening as the surer alternative to healthy and vigorous rose plants.<br /><br />
  3. 3. It is a proven fact that excessive use of chemicals in gardening has several adverse effects. Chemical fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, can be toxic to pets and children, and harm the plants in the long term.<br /><br />
  4. 4. There are several organic fertilizers that are long lasting and provide a steady dose of nutrients to the plants. Some of the popular ones are greensand, fish emulsion, aragonite, azomite, seaweed, humates, and crab meal.<br /><br />
  5. 5. You can prevent onset of disease and pest attacks with natural organic repellents like Cheyenne pepper, black pepper, garlic, and mint. Forming a garlic barricade at the base of the plant and sprinkling powdered pepper around the garden effectively repel insects.<br /><br />
  6. 6. Introducing plant diversity in your garden can also considerably control pest attacks. Rosemary and Thyme attract beneficial insects while Nasturtiums attract aphids, and Alliums repel nematodes. Planting your rose bushes a couple of feet apart can prevent spread of diseases. Spraying the foliage once a week in the mornings with clean water will wash away spider mites.<br /><br />
  7. 7. Also, keep a careful watch over your plants for the first signs and symptoms of disease and pests. Remove all dead and damaged stems and burn all diseased stems and leaves immediately. Trimming and pruning your bushes also keep disease under control and encourage vigorous and healthy growth.<br /><br />
  8. 8. Soap spray acts as a good repellent and is easy to make at home. Collect dirty used dishwater in a watering can and spray liberally over plants once a week. If you need a stronger solution, you can mix three tablespoons of any liquid detergent in a gallon of water and spray.<br /><br />
  9. 9. There are several other homemade sprays that can act as repellents. Tobacco or nicotine, alcohol, salt, garlic, and even horseradish make good repellents. Although these are organic, it does not mean they are non-toxic so take special care while using the sprays in your garden.<br /><br />
  10. 10. Garlic Spray:<br />Soak four ounces of chopped garlic in two tablespoons of mineral oil. Allow it to settle over 24 hours. Dissolve one teaspoon of fish emulsion in a pint of water. Add this to the mineral oil-garlic solution and stir well. Strain and store in a glass container. For use, dilute one part of this concentrate with twenty parts of water and spray.<br /><br />
  11. 11. Hot Pepper-Spearmint-Horseradish Spray<br />Mix half a cup each of leaves and roots of horseradish with red hot peppers, fresh spearmint, and green onion tops. Stir in sufficient water to cover the mixture and strain the solution. Then, add two tablespoons of liquid soap and a half-gallon of water. Mix equal portions of this solution with water to spray.<br /><br />
  12. 12. Finally - Mulching<br />Mulching keeps weeds at bay. Remember to mulch around the plant’s base without touching the plant. Mulching also prevents winter-damage and helps retain moisture in the soil. Always keep your plants well watered and fed with a balanced nutrient rich organic fertilizer to shore up their immunity. <br />The End.<br /><br />