Ever wondered how to grow lavender? Wondered what to do with it? Read on! Lavender is beautiful growing in your garden with its deep purple flowers and soft green stems-lining your walkway, or in containers but there are many other reasons to add some to your yard. It is wonderful in recipes, crafts, and hanging in bunches around the house, repels mosquitos, and it also attracts bees and butterflies to your garden.
How to Grow Lavender
Tips for Growing Lavender
- First, make sure lavender grows well in your zone.
- Spread plants out about 18” apart to allow for circulation and
- Water your plant heavily and then let them almost dry out between waterings.
- Lavender plants love bone meal so be sure and mix some into the soil when you plant them.
- Use pea gravel or crushed shells to mulch your plants.
- They love containers if you want to plant them in one just make sure that it is just a bit larger than your plants roots, they prefer a tight fit. The hot humid south is the best place for container lavender.
- Wait until spring to cut back when you see new buds and growth.
How to Dry Lavender
Dry lavender by cutting stems about “ long, hang small bunches to dry in a cool dark place to help keep mold at bay and to preserve their beautiful color. When lavender has dried completely remove buds from stalk and store in a jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid.
How to Use Lavender
In the kitchen-Use dried lavender in your favorite lemonade recipe, sprinkle over salads, add to cocktails, crush and mix into sugar cookies and pound cake, or make a homemade tea with it. Make lavender infused sugar by layering sugar and fresh lavender until the flavor is throughout.
In the bathroom- Make lavender sachets from your dried flowers and tulle tied up in little ball. Mix into Epsom salts for a relaxing and detoxing bath soak.
Around the house- Use it to make a salve that is anti-inflammatory as well as calming and relaxing, sew into a little sachet for your drawers or into a little pillow for bedtime, make your own potpourri by mixing with dried rose petals, rose hips, as well as other herbs and flowers. Mix dried lavender into a sensory bin for a fun and calming tool for the kids.
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