Heya, fellow Gardeners!
Do you want to make the most out of your pretty gardens? Do you want to grant the boon of healthy life to your fruits and veggies? Or, you simply want your garden to look fuller and happier?
If yes, then you’re just a few minutes away from the essential tips and a few steps away from the garden of your dreams!
The upcoming paras will tell you how to grow the flower that is loved by all and loves you back, that is, Chamomile. And how is it a boon not only for your sleep cycle but also for your garden!
Wait a minute, wait a minute! Quick fun fact about Chamomile. When you search for Chamomile meaning in the dictionary, it means "Earth Apple". The flower gets its name from its apple-like fragrance.
Now, let us move forward.
I hope you won’t mind if I talk about some stats, would you? Okay, so lemme spill.
According to a research report of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Chamomile grows in lump soil, having a pH of about 9. The most suitable regions where Chamomile in India grows are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan, as the soil here is well-drained and stays moist. Chamomile is generally cultivated as a winter crop. Also, 1000-1500 kg of flowers yield around 4 kg of Chamomile oil every year.
Let us talk about the therapeutic effects of chamomile.
One of my favorite detox concoctions after a stressful day is Chamomile Tea. Generally, I don’t believe in sharing my recipes. But, I can cut surely cut slack for my lovely readers (xoxo)! Hop down on my green tea checklist
Your Chamomile Tea is ready!
Although Chamomile is an extremely adaptable plant, it’s best to grow it in Spring Season. It is best grown in cool conditions and it scarcely needs water. It’s the best plant that can be grown even in a drought. It might need occasional watering in prolonged droughts. Remember to keep it in part shade. And if you can’t manage that, you needn’t worry. Your all-weather plant’s quick adapting capabilities will never disappoint you!
Let us grow our yellow dotted buddies together! Aren’t you excited?
Chamomile can grow from a seed or regenerate from a plant. So, you needn’t worry about its source as it can grow from anything!
We already know that Chamomile can grow in almost all conditions, required you sow it in the fall to get a healthy and blooming crop. Let us talk about growing from a seed. Let us do a checklist (yes, I’m obsessed).
See, so easy! This can be the go-to plant for someone, anyone, who isn’t a gardener, or, forgets to water their plants (yes, I accept it, that someone is me).
Okay, enough about Chamomile. Let’s get back to the original question, that is, Companion Planting. First I’ll go all scientific to give you an idea of it (and to sound like a professional, of course).
By definition, Companion Planting is a method that’s used to enhance the growth of the partner plant. It’s done for several benefits like calling pollinators, exchanging nutrients, enhancing flavor, pest control, etcetera-etcetera.
Let us date back to when it came into use. It is believed that Americans used this technique 10,000 years ago before the European invasion. The Chinese are also a name in this list.
The basic purpose is to use the features of one plant to help the other one grow.
Alright, alright. Companioning is beneficial and all. But, why should you spend your time and efforts on it? What good does it do to us?
Keep your calm peeps, lemme name a few, just for you!
Here’s a list of farmer-handy plants that can grow beside Chamomile.
Anything belonging to the cabbage family is vulnerable to pests. Save your kales and cabbages from this agony by covering their scent with the strong essence of Chamomile and keep pests at bay!
Fellow Gardeners, are you worried too about your pale and shrunk cucumbers? I was too. But then, someone told me to grow them beside Chamomile. That someone is my angel ever since.
It attracts ladybugs that eat the pests sucking the fluids out of your cucumbers. Thank me later (wink)!
Idk how, but this flower is believed to increase the quantity of the oil that basil produces. So, if you want your basil to be not only flavorful but also loaded with it, try this hack.
Due to its fabulous scent, this flower attracts pollinators and bugs that eat pests. Also, when paired with onions, it’s believed to enhance its flavor.
This might be new to you, but Chamomile is antibacterial and antifungal. Now, the ones concerned have already understood the pros of this company. It will keep fungal infections at bay. No more white-stained mangoes in your backyard!
I believe by now, that I won’t find my audience searching for chamomile tea on Supermarket shelves. Instead, I would love to be invited over for some tea and a fresh fruit salad from your gardens!
Until next time peeps. Toodles!