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How to Grow & When to Plant Chamomile in Your Backyard Herb Garden

Chamomile blog post
Chamomile is not only a beautiful addition to your garden with its ‘daisy-like’ white and yellow flowers, but is great for its usefulness as a companion plant. Chamomile helps to repel pests from neighboring plants because of its strong smell. This blog post talks about how you can plant and grow your own chamomile with our free mobile app!

How to Grow:

Chamomile can be planted by seed indoors 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors after your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Chamomile seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Your seeds should sprout within 14-21 days. You will only need to water your chamomile occasionally during drought periods.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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BeetsMustard greensNONE!!
BroccoliOnions 
CabbageOregano 
CauliflowerPotatoes 
CeleryRhubarb 
CucumbersSpinach 
LettuceSwiss Chard 
MarigoldsTarragon 
MarjoramTurnips 

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for chamomile:

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Harvesting:

Chamomile will be ready to harvest in approximately 60-65 days. Chamomile flowers are ready to harvest when the flower petals are no longer flat and arch backwards. Harvest just the flowers and remove all leaves and stems from flower. Allow to completely dry.

Cooking & Eating!

Chamomile flowers can be used to make a very tasty, relaxing tea by placing flowers into your hot water. This tea not only is known to help you sleep, but also is supposed to help with congestion, sore throats, and body aches.

 

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