Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 12:33
martian77 in Garden, harvest

Lavender seems to grow really well in my dry, chalky soil and as a result I've planted quite a lot of it now. This year I decided I'd have a go at harvesting and drying some of it. I found a really good blog post on when to harvest the flowers, although I think I've actually still cut them slightly early.

Drying lavender

That's the flowers from two of the lavender bushes that are supposed to be growing into a lavender/rosemary hedge around the top slope. I need to keep those neatish so that I can walk along the edge of them around the veg patch, so they seemed good candidates. They are hanging in the shed to dry. 

I think I'm going to get quite a lot off them! The third of the plants in the hedge is a little ahead of the others, so I harvested that earlier and have just taken the buds off. I reckon I've got about 5 teaspoons of dried blooms off it, sitting in a jar next to me at the moment, and the smell is making my head spin a little! I'm not entirely sure what I'll do with all of it! I have a couple of places that could benefit from some little sachets but not everywhere, and there's a Knitty pattern for pocket handwarmers that uses some. I'm sure other things will come to mind...

Oh, and don't worry. I left plenty out there for the bees too.

Bee food

Camera shy bee

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