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
Thanks lynn another great
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