Care Of Roses is possible without harming yourself or the world around you! Learn how to grow roses organically with suitable disease-resistant types of roses.
I know a lot of people that hesitate to plant roses because of the care and attention they supposedly need.
Growing roses is commonly associated with having to spray non-stop for pests and diseases.
Let me tell you that this doesn't have to be the case.
I never spray my roses and they have all survived so far! Of course I see greenflies or other pests on them occasionally but usually nature will take its course and sends some beneficial creatures along that will feast on the pest.
If we run out with a spray, be it organic or not and kill the pest no 'good' insect population will have a chance to survive. Our short-sighted interference will backfire on us and the result will be more and more pests! A few greenflies won't kill a healthy rose bush...and in my opinion if it dies ....quite frankly...my garden is better of without it. It is obviously too weak to survive!!
There are many disease resistant rose varieties available nowadays from heirloom roses, wild roses or modern hybrids. What works best in my garden are Rugosa roses and their hybrids. These make fairly big shrubs with lovely scented flowers all summer followed by big orange rose hips in late summer and autumn. Just be careful: the Rugosa hybrids are grafted and won't spread but the wild Rosa rugosa will spread with suckering stems and will take over big areas!
Another healthy type are the Flower Carpet Roses or Knockout Roses. They have good disease resistance and are very low maintenance. These are available in many different colors.
There are many other varieties that are good and healthy. Make sure you read the labels carefully and pick rose varieties that have won awards where plant health is an important factor and suits your conditions.
The Columbine flower is very easy to grow! A must have perennial for the lazy gardener!
Chitting or sprouting potatoes indoors so they have small shoots before they get planted out. But...why should you do this?
Seaweed is my favorite organic fertilizer, soil improver, and plant growth stimulant in the garden. I like to use it on nearly everything: from compost to planting to sowing!