Rose Garden Soil Preparation with Organics

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Rose Garden Soil Preparation with Organics

Postby Gaga » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:42 am

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In preparation for our rose bed let’s talk about dirt. Learning to grow roses or anything for that matter in Texas versus Northern Illinois was like growing plants on another planet. The soil in Northern Illinois is rich black dirt, Texas soil is something they call gumbo and is essentially clay. I could stand on a spade and dig my own planting holes in Illinois, here I need a jack hammer and a pick and “Oui” better be able to do it together. However, with that said I was able to put in my first dream rose garden in Texas, elevated beds, drip irrigation system and the roses never knew they were growing in Texas gumbo. Here’s the real bonus to growing roses in Texas; one can sometimes see their first rose bloom as early as Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th , while your first rose blooms around Father’s Day in June in Northern Illinois. Here are your options: do an elevated bed with garden timbers, and this can be for any flower bed. Lay out the dimensions of the bed with a string line. Remove the sod from the area and turn over the existing subsoil. Add these organic soil amendments:
A layer of each of these organics

Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss
Well Rotted Compost
Ground Bark
Composted Manure
Garden Gypsum
Super Phosphate at about 6-8 pounds per 100 square feet of bed area.

Blend all mixture together with a rototiller. Now your plants won’t even know they are growing in Texas gumbo. The raised bed should have good drainage, roses and most plantings love lots of water but do not like to have their “feet wet” as the saying goes.
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Re: Rose Garden Soil Preparation with Organics

Postby Jane_Whitt » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:52 pm

I have some information:

When one brings up the issue of soil for roses, there are some definite concerns with the composition of the soil do their best for growing roses and with them a good performance.
Rose soil pH
We know that the optimum pH of the soil is 6.5 on the pH scale (pH between 5.5 to 7.0). Sometimes the soil pH rose may be too acidic or too alkaline, so what can we do to effect the desired change in pH?
To make the soil less acidic of the common practice is to add some lime. Usually used agricultural limestone and finer particles to come into force quickly. The amount of limestone used varies according to the current distribution on the floor. The clay soils are usually high in additives require more lime than the lower clay.
To lower pH, aluminum sulfate and sulfur are normally used. Aluminum sulfate quickly change the pH of the soils where sulfur roses take longer because it requires the help of soil bacteria to make the change.
For any adjustment of pH, additives are applied in small quantities and test the pH by at least a couple of times before adding more. The changes in soils that have an effect on soil pH in general, we must take this into account and keep an eye on the pH level. If the roses start to change in performance or even have a general change in the color of natural foliage and natural glow, which could well be a problem of balancing the soil pH.
Soil Preparation for Roses
After considering the soil pH have to look at the benefits of micro-organisms in soil must be kept healthy in order that appropriate breakdowns of the elements that provide food for our roses to take. Sano pathogenic microorganisms move to (the disease that the bad guys ...) in soils by competitive exclusion. In the process of competitive exclusion of beneficial micro-organisms reproduce faster than the bad and sometimes feeds them. Keep happy and healthy organisms usually involve the addition of organic matter / soil amendments. Some good amendments to use for the preparation of the ground rose as follows:
Alfalfa Meal - Alfalfa meal is a good source of nitrogen and is very well balanced with phosphorus and potassium, also contains triacontanol, a growth regulator and stimulating.
Seaweed meal - Kelp meal is a slow release source of potassium provides over 70 chelated minerals, vitamins, amino acids and growth promoting hormones.
Compost - compost is decomposed organic matter that increase the activity of microorganisms and improves the overall quality of the soil.
These, along with some peat moss in it are all wonderful building soil amendments. There are some great organic compost on the market in a pouch, just make sure you turn the bag to read what everyone is actually in the compost. You can also make your own compost quite easily these days with compost kits manufacturer in local garden centers.
Roses prefer a rich soil that drains well frank. They do not like having their roots in moist soil soaked, but you can not allow to dry thoroughly. A flexible pleasant feeling wet soils is what you want.
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