We always get asked what we do with the lavender in the winter. Do we cover them? Do we take them all in for the winter?!? How do they survive the winter? We do not take them in and they do survive the winter just fine depending on the variety. There are some varieties that… Continue reading To Cover Or Not To Cover
Before spring takes us all away to that place we dream about all winter, a quick post to let everybody know we just opened the market stall for another year. Yae for summer! For us this is our favorite time of the year. Morels by the basket (usually), asparagus by the bunches, deer fawns, woodcocks,… Continue reading Another Year Of Great Smells Coming Up!
Recently, our friend Janice Thomas from Savory Spoon Cooking School invited us to sell lavender at the schools location during a knife sharpening day. Apparently knife sharpening is big at the cooking school. Lots of people show up! Unbeknownst to us Janice is quite the marketing expert. We had a lavender fair we were hosting!… Continue reading Are We Famous Yet?!
It’s been a hot one. And for a while it felt like we were never going to get it done. But with some help from friends and a few long hours the racks are finally full! Yae! We decided to leave a couple of rows for the bees as they started getting louder and louder… Continue reading And….Breath!
There is always something interesting that happens every year on our property. We were lucky enough to have a couple of cranes start spending time here this year. This was the first time we had seen cranes on the property. Them coming and spending time was unusual (in our minds anyway) since we have let… Continue reading Bee Careful!
When we first started growing lavender we knew that some kind of drying system would be needed. We looked around at what other people were doing and didn’t really like any of the options. We wanted something that was efficient and vertical so that it took up minimal space. Fortunately for us we have a… Continue reading The Drying Rack
Harvesting typically happens around the same time each year give or take a few days either way. We had a fair bit more moisture last year and cooler conditions which meant we harvested a little later. This year moisture has been minimal over the June period and the temperature has been blazing for the past… Continue reading It’s a Hot Sticky One!
The one thing that we made a mistake on when starting out with growing lavender was the landscape fabric we selected. There were two options that we settled on trying and went with the option that was a bit easier to lay as well as cut holes into. The problem was that this fabric has… Continue reading My New Favorite Toy!
We have owned our property for 6 or 7 years now and have watched it change in wonderful ways. The dead orchard has turned into meadow and is slowly giving way to forest. We have seen Monarch butterflies roosting, picked baskets of morel mushrooms and bushels of asparagus. We have started seeing unusual birds return,… Continue reading We Are Not Land Owners, We Are Custodians
We often get asked why we grow lavender. We don’t have a very good answer. It’s definitely not for the money. We have other jobs. This for us it could be argued is our fun. Why do people play tennis, go hunting, cook gourmet meals? Because they enjoy it. A big reason for why we… Continue reading Why We Do This?