What’s wrong with my roses?

What’s wrong with my roses? Whether you’ve got lots of plants or just one rose bush, this is a really common question!

So here are some simple solutions, to solve your rose riddles.

1. Not getting many blooms? Time to dead head your roses AND feed them up! Dead-heading your rose is…dead easy. Simply prune off the spent flower head but don’t just cut off the head, cut the stem as if you were cutting a long stemmed rose for the vase. You can also encourage a bigger flush of repeat blooms, by cutting the plant back a third and feeding it up with organic fertilisers (Chloe’s favourites are eco-aminogro and eco-seaweed).

2. Watch out for Black Spot, a fungal disease that gets into the leaf, causing distinctive black spots. The best way to stop it weakening your rose is to prevent it getting into the leaf in the first place. Pick off any infected leaves and pop them straight into the rubbish bin. Then give the plant a drenching spray all over with eco-fungicide. Repeat every 1 to 2 weeks to keep your roses protected.

3. Make sure you water down the base of your roses because damp leaves encourage fungal spores to multiply!

4. Spotted something sucking the life out of your plant? These little critters are aphids. And they can be black, grey or green but typically they hang out in bunches on the growing tips and cause deformed, shrivelled growth. Under planting your roses with things like garlic and chives may help to deter aphids. And of course make sure you include lots of sweet smelling, brightly coloured flowers – these will help draw in the lady beetles that just love gobbling up aphids!

5. Aphids can also be controlled with a hit of eco-oil. BUT you can actually mix your eco-oil in with eco-fungicide and that way you end up with a super organic to target your rose pest and diseases without harming bees and beneficial insects.

The full range of eco-organic garden products can be found in your local garden centre, nursery or online at: eco organic garden

How to fix a clay soil

Chloe explains how to tell if your soil has a clay content and then how to garden successfully in it! In this video – Chloe gives you the low down on a clay soil and some handy hints on how to garden in it. Lots of compost and eco-flo gypsum are her favourite things to use in a clay soil. To purchase eco-flo gypsum visit: https://ecoorganicgarden.com.au/

Creating a raised vegetable garden

Using the lasagne layering technique to fill raised vegetable beds is easy, cheaper and faster than shoveling piles of dirt!

Chloe’s using some Birdies Veggie Grow Crates to create some instant veggie gardens in her backyard. The best way to fill these ready for planting up is using the lasagne or layering technique – this also means you can create raised vegetable gardens quickly, easily and very little soil. You’ll need: – straw – lucerne straw – veggie soil mix – cow manure – pelletised chicken manure – eco-aminogro & eco-flo dolomite.

NOTE – these Veggie Grow Crates – do actually come with a false bottom that can reduce the dept of the bed to approx 30 centimetres. So if you want to get the crates and JUST fill them with veggie soil mix (eg. not do the lasagne layinering technique) then go with this option.

For more info on Birdies products check out: https://birdiesgardenproducts.com.au/

For more info on eco organic garden products check out: http://www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au/

Queensland Fruit Fly Control

Queensland Fruit Fly can be controlled organically with a simple 2 step process.

Simply pick up an eco-lure trap and pop it into your garden so you know when the Queensland Fruit Fly are active in your area.

Then once you spot the pests filling up the trap, it’s time to lay down the eco-naturalure insecticide to control them. For details on the products mentioned in this video or to buy them please visit:

https://ecoorganicgarden.com.au/produ…

Companion planting & attracting beneficial bugs

Learning how to use companion plants and how to attract beneficial bugs to your garden will  improve your fruit and veg pollination AND help defend your precious crops against pest and disease attack.

In this video Chloe takes you through some simple steps to create a beneficial bug friendly garden at your place. Using good bug attracting plants and flowers.

Not sure which are the good bugs and which are the bad one? No probs grab a copy of The Garden Guardians book and you’ll be a bug ID pro in no time!

If you’ve gone to the effort of attracting beneficial insects into your garden, then you don’t want to kill them with nasty insecticide sprays. So always choose a bug safe certified organic spray – we love the range from eco organic garden.

Winter Garden Care & Winter Garden Jobs

There is still plenty of work to do in your winter garden. So complete a few simple winter garden jobs now and your garden will be blooming mad come spring!