Since I originally sowed my first chamomile seed here at Oak House about 3 or 4 years ago, I've had an ever increasing supply of self-seeded plants popping up all over the place. This is great, because they're don't just make lovely tea, they also make good companion plants to all kinds of things.
I grow them in amongst my vegetables. They attract hover flies, which eat aphids, so they're good with anything that gets aphids (greenfly, blackfly, whitefly..). For me, that includes brassicas, tomatoes, beans, roses and lupins.
Some people say chamomile is a good general companion plant with pretty much anything and that it improves their flavour and health.
One particular health benefit quoted about chamomile as far back as Ancient Egyptian times is that it can be used as an anti-fungal treatment. As such, I'm hoping it will do something to cure my gooseberries of their mildew.
As a first step, I've transplanted some of my many young chamomile plants over into the ground around two of my gooseberries. You can see the tiny plant in the photo below tucked into a gap in my comfrey mulch.
I'm not sure whether this will be enough, or whether a chamomile mulch or chamomile tea would be needed for it to take effect. So I'll run a little experiment - I've left two gooseberry bushes with no chamomile at all, I'll leave one of the bushes with just the chamomile plants growing around it and I'll treat the last one with chamomile plants, mulch and tea. And I'll let you know how it goes!
Does anyone else have any experience with this? Do you know of any other uses for chamomile around the garden?