The U.S. Department of Agriculture divides the U.S. into eleven growing zones. These are determined by weather patterns, and this system helps gardeners identify plants that grow well in their region. Zone 7 has a moderately long growing season that lasts about eight months, with an annual low temperature of about 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The first frost is around November 15th, and the last frost is around April 15th.
When choosing herbs for zone 7, if a perennial herb that isn’t suited to zone 7 is desired, grow it in a container and then bring it indoors over the winter. If the difference is minor, between zones a and b, plant the herb in a protected area, in an alcove, or between a solid fence and a building. If this isn’t possible, mulch heavily around the plant in the fall and the plant may make it through the winter.
PLANT PROFILE: GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Matricaria chamomilla):
German Chamomile has been used throughout history for digestive problems, to relieve cramping, as a mild bitter and liver stimulant, to stimulate appetite, and to ease nervous disorders. Chamomile is a cooling anti-inflammatory and nervine that makes it a wonderful ally for anyone with stomach ulcers, colic, menstrual cramps, acid reflux, nausea, or anxiety. German Chamomile is easy to grow in zones 5-8, helps attract pollinators, and adds a gentle presence to the garden.
German Chamomile Bedroom Spray Recipe:
Ingredients: 8-ounce glass spray bottle, 4 ounces witch hazel, 4 ounces distilled water, 5-10 drops chamomile essential oil, 3-7 drops cedar wood essential oil, and 3-5 drops vanilla essential oil.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well before use and spray in the bedroom or on the bed or pillow before going to bed to help enhance a good night’s sleep.