Lavender is a bushy, strong-scented perennial plant from the Mediterranean valued for its medicinal properties and ability to attract pollinators.
- Lavender is best planted in the spring when the soil is warming up.
- Plant lavender 2 to 3 feet apart.
- Add organic matter to the soil to improve drainage.
- Keep away from moist areas.
- Add mulch around the lavender plant to discourage weeds.
- Water once or twice a week until plants are established. Water mature plants every two to three weeds until buds form, and then once or twice a week until harvest.
- Prune established plants in the spring when green leaves emerge. Remove approximately one third of the top.
- Lavender is susceptible to root rot, so make sure to let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Harvest in the morning when the lavender’s oils are the most concentrated.
- Cut long stems to gather into bundles. Secure with a rubber band or twine.
- Dry lavender in a cool, dark place with good air circulation.
- Make lavender sachets—a thoughtful gift!
- Mix lavender with mint leaves to make a soothing herbal tea.
- Use the dried flowers to make a homemade sleep mask to promote relaxation.
- Simmer the dried herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener.
- Use it in the kitchen! Cooking with lavender creates fragrant, beautiful recipes.