I love Lavender. I love the way it smells, I love the way it looks. I love the subtle scent it releases when I brush against it while weeding and how when it dries you can do so many thing with it. While lavender can be a fussy plant, growing and drying lavender isn’t as hard as you think! If you live in colder zones and want a few growing tips, make sure to watch the video that goes with this post.
The first trick to growing lavender is that Lavender likes really well-drained,sandy soil. My grandma would have said, “they like to keep their feet dry…” very similar to Rosemary… Which makes sense. They both grow very well in places such as Italy and California. I have mine on the west-side on a slight slope in slightly sandy soil.
Every year I add a few new plants; occasionally with a really wet,damp winter I lose a few and have to replace them. I am up to about 10. I try to layer them to propagate new plants as well every spring instead of always buying new ones.
I grow 2 varieties and both varieties are borderline here.
We are zone 5A/5b here and I think it does so well where it’s at, it’s kind of a micro-climate and runs slightly warmer than the rest of the yard. There is a raised bed behind it and the house in front of it and it is sheltered by a fence. When growing lavender micro-climates are really important.
Lavandula Augustifolia (Traditional English Lavender)
I clip mine early in the morning before the full sun hits them and evaporates much of their essential oils.
I hang them upside down in a plain paper bag that has some slits cut in the side for air circulation.
And then just hang them to dry in a cool area away from direct sunlight for a few weeks. Any buds that fall off are caught in the bottom of the bag. Even though the stems aren’t as fragrant as the buds, you can still use them for potpourri or sachets.
Just a few stems by the bed at night can bring sweet dreams 🙂
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