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Everyone that knows me well knows that I just can't stop talking about my plants and gardens! I'm so enthusiastic about them that I will be completing the Master Gardener course this winter and opening my own gardening business in the Spring.

Friday, December 31, 2010


I decided to try to grow Chamomile this year. It's currently germinating very well in it's cute little peat pods. Since I've never grown it before I thought maybe I should learn a little bit about it!

There are both perennial and annual varieties of Chamomile. The perennial variety is heary in Zones 3-5. Chamomile is a part of the daisy family and is easily grown from seed. Chamomile prefers full sun and boasts dainty, sweet smelling daisy like flowers. Since it only grows twelve to twenty inches tall it is a perfect addition to container gardens.

Morning is the best time to harvest Chamomile, just after the buds have opened and once they are dry after morning dew. Simply pinch off the flower heads and place in a dry, dark, hot place to dry.

Though there haven't been very many studies on the actual effect of Chamomile, it's well known for it's use in tea as a sleep aid and to reduce stress. It is also said to help with tooth aches, stomach aches and help your immune system. German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile are most commonly used for medicinal purpses.

For Chamomile recipes, visit http://oldfashionedliving.com/chamomile.html.

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