I have a book called "Growing Herbs As Aromatics" by Roy Genders. It's volume 3 of Keats Living With Herbs Series, copyright 1977. In it, it describes how chamomile was used as a lawn during the Tudor era in England. The instructions of how to grow such a lawn includes "rolling" it during the first year once the chamomile is established. I assume that this "rolling" is exactly as it sounds--taking something long and round and rolling it across the lawn. However, I am wondering if anyone else has heard of this, and if they know whether or not I am correct in this assumption. I would like to create my own chamomile lawn within the next year or so, and so would like a little bit more information on what this "rolling" entails. Does anyone know? Thanks in advance!Crossposted to gardening, herb_gardens, pagan_garden and curious_garden
Try emailing your local SCA group. If you aren't familiar with theSociety for Creative Anachronism, it is a medieval recreation society. Tudor is in period for us so I'll bet there's someone that's researched it. Go to www.sca.org to look up your local group.
Heh, I had forgotten all about the SCA. Thanks for the tip.
Some info herehttp://www.norfolkherbs.co.uk/FAQAnswers.htmScroll down to bottom of page.It would appear that the rolling is done with the taller variety of chamomile whereas some varieties mean rolling is unnecessary. Lawn rollers are commercially available. see here http://www.mower-magic.co.uk/acatalog/GARDEN_ROLLERS.html and the hand version will certainly get you some exercise! I think the idea of a lower growing chamomile might be a lot easier ;-D
Thanks for the links! :)