Oh man, was today a delightfully pleasant day. A day where the kids just went with the flow and there was no bickering involved with anyone. A day where you just feel like you utilized and appreciated every second. I’m sure my Arborvitae essential oil and chamomile tincture didn’t hurt the situation either. Oh more to come on that, for sure. But for now let’s do a short post on drying lavender.
Oh lavender, how I love you so. I mean, who doesn’t love the sweet delicate smell of a beautiful lavender bush. I looked out into our back yard and all the flowers were just blooming all over the place. So, time to do a little cutting and make some magic out of these little beauties. Alrighty, grab your scissors and let’s roll.
The best time to cut any flower or herb is in the morning before the sun hits them. You want them to be perky and still full of life. You don’t want any that have died. Cut the dead ones off and throw in your compost.
On any plant there is what you call the node. It is the part where you have two leaves coming out to the sides and a stem in the middle. When cutting your flowers, you want to cut the stem in the middle of the node.
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There you have it, cut away my friends.
Once you have all the flowers that tickle your fancy, go ahead and bundle them at the stems. Take some twine and tie the bundle up. At the end of your twine you want to make a loop, where you can hang your bundle to dry.
Find a spot that you can hang your lavender for about 4 to 6 weeks. Once you are able to touch the flowers and hear a slight crunch to it, those bad boys are done.
After it is done drying, take a bowl and lay down a piece of cardboard or newspaper, something that can catch all the little flowers that come off on their own. Something I don’t do and regret every time. Now softly just twist at the flowers and they will fall right off. There it is, beautiful smelling home grown lavender.
You got all this lavender, now what in the world do you do with it? Go ahead and read on here.
And if propagating tickles your fancy and you want more lavender then you know what to do with, read here.
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