Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Care for Lavender Before Planting


If you have picked up a few plants from your local nursery (or plan to!), but have not yet broken ground to plant them, we've put together some tips for keeping your precious lavender starts healthy in the interim. 


There are over 40 species of lavender and over 400 varieties of lavender.  From a landscaping perspective the range of blooming time, size, flower color, shape, fragrance and foliage color is thrilling.  No matter your garden size, color scheme or style, there is likely a lavender that will fit in beautifully.

 

Lavender starts are most commonly sold in 4", 6" (quart) and gallon pots.  The size you start with is entirely up to you.  A 4" start will usually take about 3 years to reach it's mature size.  Larger sizes will take less time, of course, but are usually about twice the price.

Nurseries and growers usually plant lavender in a water-retaining potting mix with a bit of mulch on top to help retain water prior to planting.  It is important to keep lavender moist, but not soggy, while it is awaiting planting.  Check the dampness of the soil every other day by sticking your finger into the soil about 1/2 an inch.  If it feels dry, give it a good watering.  Another way to check is to lift the pot.  If it feels light it's probably drying out and in need of water.

It's important to allow the water to drain.  Lavender does not like to sit in water.  Avoid using a tray to capture the water that comes out of the holes in the bottom of the pot.  Allow it to drain away whenever you water.


Full sun is necessary for lavender to thrive in pots prior to planting and in the ground.  Keep lavender starts outside in full light as much as is possible before you plant them.  If you live in a cold area that can experience spring freezes, keep your starts up against your house or garage in a protected area or in a garage next to a window that receives lots of light.


To keep your lavender starts happy and healthy before planting, be sure to keep them:
  • well-watered and well-drained
  • in full light
  • protected from freezing

When you are ready to plant them, be sure to review our lavender growing tips for successful lavender cultivation in-ground and in-pot.

We love talking about lavender.  If you have specific questions about growing lavender (or pruning lavender!), we would be delighted to answer them in the comments below.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe


Spring is one of our favorite times of year at the farm.  After months of dormancy, everything starts to wake up — the birds start singing again, the frogs start chirping, the grass starts growing and the lavender fields begin showing evidence of green new growth.

Everywhere new life is appearing, including tasty things like asparagus!  For spring eating, this simple (vegan) recipe will bring a fresh brightness to the table.

Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe

How to make Lavender Lemon Asparagus

Ingredients:


Ingredients Needed for Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe

Step 1:

Wash and dry the asparagus.  Snap the tough end off each stalk by grasping the end and middle of the stalk and bending until it naturally breaks.  Each stalk will likely break at a slightly different point depending on the thickness of the stalk.  Don't worry if some are much shorter than others.  Snapping off the tough ends will create a much more pleasurable eating experience.  After snapping, arrange the stalks on a baking sheet.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe 

Step 2:

Lightly drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and roll the asparagus to thoroughly coat each stalk.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 3:

Season the oiled asparagus generously with Lavender Gourmet Salt & Pepper.

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 4:

The last step before baking is to drizzle the stalks with the juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon (or more if you like a strong lemon presence).

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Step 5:

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit until tender.  Serve warm.  Just prior to serving add a light misting of more lemon juice for brightness.

Enjoy this taste of spring for dinner, lunch or even breakfast!

Making Lavender Lemon Asparagus Recipe - vegan recipe

Monday, March 2, 2020

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aids


A good night's rest is a wonderful, but sometimes elusive experience.  If you find deep sleep difficult to find, here are 3 of our favorite sleep aids that are easy to incorporate into your nightly bedtime rituals.
  • Lavender Aromatherapy Candle
  • Lavender Linen Water
  • Lavender Body Butter

Our Favorite Natural Sleep Aid - Lavender

Lavender Aromatherapy Candle


Clean-burning soy wax is the base for this fragrant candle that is infused with our own farm-distilled organic lavender essential oil.  (We never use synthetic 'fragrances' or 'essences' which simply provide scent but none of the natural aromatherapeutic properties of pure essential oil straight from the flowers.)

As you begin your bedtime preparations, light a Lavender Aromatherapy Candle on your nightstand to infuse the room with the calming and soothing properties of lavender.  Be sure to trim the wick before lighting for the cleanest burn.

The convenient tin presentation is also perfect for travel to freshen accommodations and maintain your soothing pre-sleep routine.

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Aromatherapy Candle

Lavender Linen Water


The next simple step to add to your nighttime ritual is spritzing your bed linens with Lavender Linen Water.  Gently spritzing pillows and sheets will bring the relaxing and sleep-inducing effects of lavender essential oil to your place of repose.  This centuries-old practice is an excellent way to help fall back to sleep if you are woken during the night as well.

Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Linen Water

We are often asked if Lavender Linen Water will stain linens.  Ours will not because it contains only pure essential oil.  Lavender essential oil is an aromatic oil that completely evaporates, so it will not stain anything.

Lavender Linen Water Farm Made by Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Lavender Body Butter


Finally, as you get into bed and pull the covers up, take a few minutes to massage Lavender Body Butter into your hands and mentally transition out of the day's activities and cares.  This luxurious cream will benefit the hands with a nighttime's worth of moisturization and provide you with an on-skin aromatherapy treatment to help you drift off even more readily.

If time allows or the need arises, use a little on your lips, elbows, knees and feet or anywhere that requires some extra care.
 
Our Favorite Simple Sleep Aid Lavender Body Butter


Now that you are well-moisturized and enveloped in the relaxing fragrance of pure lavender, blow out the Lavender Aromatherapy Candle, turn off the light, close your eyes and picture yourself drifting off to sleep in blooming fields of lavender.

The overall health and well-being benefits of being fully rested are well worth taking a few extra moments each evening to prepare for sleep.  These simple steps with our favorite sleep aids are wonderfully easy to add to your and your family's nightly routines.  Here's to good sleep for all!

And one final tip — replace the lid of the Lavender Aromatherapy Candle when it is extinguished to trap the smoke inside the tin so that it doesn't mingle with the delicate lavender aroma that has infused your bedroom.

 Sleep tight!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Natural Spring Cleaning with Lavender - for Closets and Carpets


The places where we spend time — home, studio, office, car, boat, RV — are periodically in need of freshening.  These times are often early spring after homes have been buttoned up all winter, after a space has been vacant for an extended period of time or our pets have been cooped up inside.

There's no need to turn to chemical freshening agents.  Nature provides them a-plenty and one of the very best is lavender!  Lavender shines as an air and fiber freshener and as a household insect repellant — particularly against moths in closets and anywhere else woolens are present.
   
Two of our favorite home freshening products for spring are our Lavender Carpet Freshener and Organic Lavender Sachet.

Non-Toxic Home Freshening with Lavender Carpet Freshener   Non-Toxic Home Freshening with Organic Lavender Sachet

 

Natural Carpet Care

Use our Lavender Carpet Freshener for carpets, rugs, upholstery, pet beds and more.


We formulate this unique product with our own blend of organic lavender from our own fields, chamomile, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil and mint in a vermiculite carrier base. 

Non-Toxic Home Freshening with Lavender Carpet Freshener

To put it into action, sprinkle and leave on your musty carpet fibers for at least ten minutes, then vacuum normally.  The friction and heat of the vacuum cleaner helps release the natural oils into the fibers to discourage common household insects, especially fleas. At the same time, it distributes a fresh, herbal lavender fragrance throughout the space.  

For even better results, leave the Lavender Carpet Freshener on your carpet for a couple of hours.  Walking on it will also help work the natural (non-staining) oils into the fibers.

Non-Toxic Home Freshening with Lavender Carpet Freshener

Non-Toxic Home Freshening with Lavender Carpet Freshener 

Cars, boats, RVs, pet crates and the like all can benefit by the same application.


Closets and Dressers Fresh with Lavender

Use our Organic Lavender Sachets for drawers, closets, woolen storage and more.


Experience the fragrance of freshly blooming lavender fields whenever you open your drawers and closets!

The lavender flower buds, heavy laden with essential oil, are stripped from their stalks after being harvested, bundled and hung up to dry for several weeks – the exact duration being dependent on the prevailing weather.  They are then sifted to remove leaf and stalk fragments before being used to fill the sachets — a centuries-old method of bringing not only their fragrance, but also the natural insect repelling and antibacterial properties of lavender into everyday use.

Add a couple of sachets to drawers and closets (hanging them from clothes hangers works perfectly!) to bring the fresh scent of lavender to these confined spaces.

Non-Toxic Home and Closet Freshening with Organic Lavender Sachets

Over time, you'll notice the fragrance starts to dissipate.  This is natural as lavender essential oil is an aromatic oil that evaporates.  When this occurs, don't throw your sachets out!  Simply reach into your drawer or closet and give the sachet a couple of squeezes.  This will break open more flower buds to release more aromatic essential oil.  This can usually be done for a couple years before needing to be replaced with fresh sachets!

Non-Toxic Home and Closet Freshening with Organic Lavender Sachets

Knitters will be happy to know that lavender is a natural and chemical-free method to keep moths out of your precious yarn collection.  Keep a few sachets among your skeins and squeeze them periodically to ensure that lavender's insect repelling power is in full force. A good rule of thumb is — if you can smell it, the moths can smell it. (And it's working!)

As you freshen up your spaces, keep in mind that these products and practices also work beautifully in cars, boats and RVs as well!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Chocolate dipped strawberries are the quintessential decadent treat.  Did you know they really aren't difficult to make at home?  Nothing fancy is required, no special kitchen gadgets needed and no "cordon bleu" skills requisite.

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Let's liberate chocolate dipped strawberries from the confines of only the most special of occasions and enjoy their deliciousness anytime a fresh, sweet treat is in order.

All that is needed are some ripe strawberries and our Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce.  Two ingredients and a bowl and a spoon later, you'll have a decadent treat to share (or enjoy all to yourself).

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Recipe

After the ripe strawberries are washed and dried, open a jar of Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce and give it a quick stir.  (At Pelindaba Lavender we do not use any synthetic preservatives or stabilizers, so a quick stir is often a good idea prior to dipping.)

To make dipping a little easier, decant some of the Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce into a small bowl.  While grasping its leafy topknot, dip the strawberry into the sauce, using the spoon to fully coat the sides.  The amount of sauce you use to coat the strawberry is entirely up to you!

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Recipe

Lavender and chocolate create a delightful flavor pairing that is rich and bold to balance the lightness and bright flavor of the fresh strawberries.  Our Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce is produced in small batches with European-style (Dutch Process) cocoa powder.  Dutch Process cocoa produces a mellower flavor and darker color than other processed cocoa powders.  It is also vegan and dairy free!

If you are really craving decadent chocolaty indulgence, try our Lavender Chocolate Brownies and Lavender Hot Chocolate to accompany your Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Lavender Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Monday, January 27, 2020

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire


One of our favorite methods of dispelling the winter darkness (and those winter blues) is with a cozy gathering around a roaring fire out of doors. A warming treat to share is, of course, a must! On the menu for our gathering is... a winter staple and a campfire staple, but with a lavender twist - of course: Lavender Hot Chocolate and Lavender S'Mores!

How about inviting a few friends and family over for a wintry gathering in your backyard?

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Bonfire

What You'll Need for Lavender S'Mores and Lavender Hot Chocolate Around the Fire

  • Marshmallows (store bought or homemade - your choice!)
  • Graham Crackers
  • Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce
  • Marshmallow Roasting Forks or an obliging stick with a knife sharpened end
  • Fire-Making Supplies - kindling, an old newspaper, plenty of dry wood, your preferred flame producer and... 
  • Lavender Hot Chocolate

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Bonfire

How to Make Lavender Hot Chocolate and Lavender S'Mores


Whipping up some steaming Lavender Hot Chocolate to keep everyone's insides warm is a cinch.  All the ingredients are included in our delightfully presented jars. A few simple steps will have you pouring out mugs around the fire in no time at all!

Each jar makes two mug-sized servings. Simply mix the contents with boiling water and split between two mugs. For a more decadent treat, swap out the water for milk or your favorite dairy alternative! Whisk all the ingredients together until the chocolate chips are all melted and incorporated. Complete instructions and serving suggestions are available here.

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Bonfire

Now, back to our s'mores! The first requirement for all s'mores is a perfectly toasted marshmallow.  Find a little nook in the fire where it has burned low enough to reveal a glowing bed of embers.  Careful rotating of your marshmallow on its stick will ensure an even browning all the way around.  Be careful to avoid too much heat or your marshmallow could burst into flame... unless, of course, you like a little charring!

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Bonfire

Once your marshmallow is golden brown, it's time to prepare two halves of a graham cracker to embrace the toasted, gooey goodness. On one half, smear Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce. If extra decadence is called for - smear both crackers!

Peanut butter, almond butter or fresh berries are wonderful flavor complements to use on one half of the graham cracker as well. We ramped up the flavor of our lavender s'mores with some organic almond butter!

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Bonfire

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire

Eat up! And then make another one!

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire   Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire

Or three!

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire

Lavender S'Mores and Hot Chocolate Around the Fire

If a backyard fire pit isn't handy, but an inside hearth is... there's no reason you can't gather around it and make equally tasty Lavender S'Mores and Lavender Hot Chocolate! Happy sweet wintering and stay cozy and warm out there!

Friday, January 24, 2020

How to make Lavender Hot Chocolate


All the ingredients to make Lavender Hot Chocolate are included in our delightfully presented jars.  A few simple steps will have you enjoying a steaming mug in no time at all!

 

How to Make Lavender Hot Chocolate


Step 1:

Empty the contents of a jar of Lavender Hot Chocolate into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.


Step 2:

Divide the mixture between two large mugs.

 

Step 3:

Add boiling water.  Whisk all the ingredients together until the chocolate chips are all melted and incorporated.  For a more decadent treat, swap out the hot water for hot milk or your favorite dairy alternative.


Step 4:

Enjoy!

Our Lavender Hot Chocolate is a delicious treat to share just as it is.  It's also a wonderful stage to get creative with flavor pairings.  Take the lavender experience to the next level by topping the mug with Lavender Whipped Cream and dried lavender buds.


 Here are some more ideas to further dress up an, already, unique and delectable beverage...
  • a dash of cinnamon, chili powder and allspice with a cinnamon stick
  • a splash of limoncello topped with whipped cream and candied citrus peel
  • a touch of mint or vanilla extract
  • a splash of hazelnut liquor
  • or whatever tickles one's tastebuds