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By Lynn Kirkland

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Herb of the Week for 21st September
By Lynn Kirkland

Children and Springtime

The holidays have come around again and with spring on the way this is an ideal time to get children involved with gardening.
Why not plant the idea of making a chamomile seat or cushion somewhere in the garden during these holidays.
You will need a chamomile clump to split up or some small chamomile plants to create your calming chamomile space.
The important thing is to get the correct chamomile variety to create a groundcover and that is the Roman chamomile variety. This is the perennial herb with the delightful fragrance of apples.
The annual chamomile is the flower producing kind that is grown for chamomile tea. This variety, called German chamomile, is upright growing and would not appreciate being sat or stood on.
The ground cover Roman chamomile is very hardy and is quite happy to have people making close contact. The wonderful relaxing fragrance is released when pressure is placed on the plant.
Children smelling this herb for the first time at the herb farm usually say that it smells like bubble gum.
Space your divided clump or seedlings about a hand span spacing apart and they usually meet up to form a lovely lush soft carpet in four to six months.
Choose a warm well drained area as this variety does not appreciate too much shade.
Water the little divisions until established and growing and then leave them alone and they will grow happily and be well used by children or the family pet who feel like chilling out on the chamomile area.

Thanks lynn another great read.

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