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  2. John
    May 25, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    I’ll add to the chamomile tea believers (though coming late to this post, I suppose I’m a just in believer – groan!). It’s also good for more than just preventing damping off! Shameless plug for my own blog about it at

  3. Angie
    April 12, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    I tried using chamomile tea in a sprayer on my plants. It seemed to work well. I had a lupine that developed mould on the seed coat; I sprayed chamomile on it, and it’s doing fine. I’d give it a try; I’m a believer.

  4. Hugh
    April 12, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Nice information and some good ways to avoid it. Still smiling at the choice of newspaper and subsequent comments … Lol

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  6. Claire
    March 11, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    LOL re: The Daily Mail! I guess we want plants to grow up with common sense and good taste after all. What happens to plants if we make seedling pots out of The Sun or The Daily Star?

  7. Claire
    March 11, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    LOL about the Daily Mail! I guess we want seedlings to grow up with common sense and good taste after all.

    • Ben
      March 12, 2013 @ 7:55 am

      yes indeed…and being that most of the flowers I sell are ‘immigrants’…the daily mail wouldn’t approve. ;)

  8. Jeany
    March 25, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Oh, just had another thought….I like the idea of homemade pots, but everyone and their dog in the neighbourhood gives me pots after they’ve planted as they all buy, so perhaps feel the extra need to save the world, hehe…Wonder if maybe before I plant I do the usual sterilization, but line the pots in newspaper as well?
    I forgot to mention that a light mist of drop of bleach in the water was working until the cold cloudy days came…but now there is not enough warmth to dry the soil surface at all ….As you say, soon they’ll be tough enough to fight it but need to get them to that stage…

    • Ben
      March 26, 2012 @ 6:17 am

      you could line the pots…but maybe it’s unnecessary and extra work? I shall try a few and see how they go. :) Thx for posting…send us some pics of your successes. :)

  9. Jeany
    March 25, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    You made me giggle…I just shook cinnamon on the surfave of my many starter flats…as I had bleached the pots and used good soil, so believe the turnaround in the weather back to the big chill is the major culprit. It may help to keep the surface dry until some sun returns…In the meantime, the house smells lovely.
    Do, however plan to pick up some camomile tea…thanks for the advice. Have tried peroxide in the past, but just ended up with bleached blond non-permanent waves…..

  10. Alison
    March 23, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Quite right too, I use the independent newspaper, my seedlings thank me for it ;-)

  11. Emmon
    March 23, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Hi Ben — A very experienced Canadian gardener (CannedAm) I know has had confirmed and brilliant success with chamomile tea. She brews it, dilutes it, pours it into a spray bottle, then mists her plants! LOVE this article! Cheers!

    • Ben
      March 23, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

      Bless you…my Sister lives out in your wonderful land. Well it’s confirmed…let’s go on the chamomile action. Big thx to you! xx

  12. Tony howard
    March 22, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Giggling about using the Daily Mail.

    • Ben
      March 23, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

      so am I (secretly) ;)