Thursday, June 4, 2020

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden


Late spring through early summer is the ideal time to plant lavender in the garden.  In full sun and well-draining soil, lavender is an easy perennial, flowering herb to cultivate.  Its benefits in the garden are numerous — beautiful color, sweet fragrance, low water consumption and it attracts bees and butterflies!

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

How to Plant Lavender in the Garden

 

Decide where to plant your lavender

Location, location, location!  Lavender needs good drainage and full sun to thrive. 

It does especially well when planted near heat-reflecting materials, such as against rock walls or on top of light colored gravel, etc.  Lavender likes to have at least eight hours of sun daily during the flowering season (spring and summer).  Is there a spot in your garden that fits this description? 

How much drainage does this location have?  Sloped gardens, terraces, raised beds or rockeries all usually have good drainage.  If your garden doesn't naturally have variable topography, you can always create it.  A berm or mound of soil 6 - 8 inches high will be high enough to allow excess water to drain away from the plant.

What lavender needs to grow

What's your soil like?

The composition of your soil also effects drainage.  If you are planting in heavy or poorly draining soil, dig a hole much larger than the pot size and fill with soil amended with gravel or coarse sand. Make sure water drains readily from the hole before planting.  To test the drainage before planting, fill the hole half-way with water.  The water should drain from the hole within a couple of minutes.  If it takes longer than this, add additional amending material to the soil and test it again.

Lavender likes soil at neutral pH or slightly alkaline.  If soils are acidic as is commonly the case here on San Juan Island where our farm is located, they will need amendment — calcitic lime works particularly well in this regard.  At-home soil testing kits are inexpensive, easy to use and available at most local hardware stores.  Soil tests can also be done with simple supplies found in the kitchen.

Planting Lavender - step by step


Planting

Now that your garden location and soil are ready, let's plant!  Dig a hole slightly wider than the pot containing your lavender plant.  Keep the depth of the hole no deeper than the pot so that the base of the lavender plant is just slightly above the soil level.

To release the lavender from it's pot, gently squeeze the pot to loosen it from the sides.  Grip the base of the plant securely as you carefully draw it from the pot.

Growing Lavender - Tips for Planting

With your fingers, gently loosen the base of the root ball and soil as you lower the plant into the hole.  Fill in the hole around the root ball and firmly press the soil around the plant.  Avoid creating a depression or well around the plant.  Remember, you want the surface water to readily drain away from your lavender.

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

Your freshly planted lavender will need a good watering at this point to help it get established.  Thoroughly soak the soil around the plant.  During it's first flowering season, the plant will likely need more water than it will as it matures.  A general rule of thumb is "water every three days" — either from rain or your watering can.  Slightly drooping flowerheads are also a sign of needing water.

Be sure to avoid the getting too much moisture on the leaves.  Lavender needs water, but doesn't like to be soggy.  Watering in the morning allows for time and the day's heat to dry out the soil.

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

Most lavender varieties take about 3 years to reach their full, mature size.  You can keep them this size with annual pruning.  In general, well-kept plants can live up to 15 - 20 years.

Lavender can be grown in pots with a little extra attention and care, but it is best as an outside plant.  For potted lavender tips, download our complete lavender growing tips.  And, if you have specific questions, post them in the comments below.  We love talking about growing lavender!  Happy planting!

Add lavender to your garden - here's how

Monday, May 11, 2020

Non-Toxic Alternatives for Spring Cleaning at Home


How is your "Spring Cleaning" list coming along?  If your list doesn't have as many tasks crossed off as you'd like, we can help.


Cleaning shouldn't come with worry about the products you are using.  The home care products we make at our farm contain no dyes, synthetics, preservatives, perfumes or other undesirable ingredients.  We are committed to the health and well-being of our families and yours.  For that reason we use only naturally-sourced ingredients, produce in small batches and maintain tight quality control throughout the entire process from raw material to finished product.


If your cleaning supplies consisted of only two essentials, they would have to be Organic Lavender Hydrosol and Lavender Household Cleanser.  With these two products you can tackle almost every project from dusting, windows, floors and counters to sinks, tubs and toilets.

For air freshening, carpet care, closets and drawers our Lavender Carpet Freshener and Organic Lavender Sachets are our favorites.  They are much safer than chemical-based solutions and bring the fragrance of blooming lavender fields in summer to your living space.

Don't forget the lavender soap!  At the kitchen sink, in the powder room, in the shower or at work - we have a soap for you.  Washing hands is more important than ever, but it doesn't have to be unpleasant or drying.  Our lavender soaps take advantage of lavender's antiseptic properties in a formulation full of naturally moisturizing oils.

Take a peak at the contents of your cleaning cupboard.  If you are getting low on supplies or are wanting effective natural cleaning options, place a re-stocking order of lavender cleaning products so that you can get back to crossing off your list.  There aren't many things more satisfying than a list that is fully crossed off...except for a clean, fresh and fragrant home!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mother's Day Art Project For Kids


Do you have any little ones at home?  Here's a creative project inspired by our blooming lavender fields at the height of summer to spark their imaginations and create a beautiful "Happy Mother's Day" picture for Mom or Grandma.

  

Instructions for the artist:
  • Pretend you are an artist visiting a sweet-smelling lavender farm during the summer.  The sun is shining, a breeze is making the lavender flowers dance about, there goes a butterfly!  Did you see it?
  • Pull out your favorite crayons, colored pencils or markers and create a beautiful picture of a lavender farm in summer for Mom.  
  • There are 3 different views of the farm to choose from — or color them all for Mom.  
  • Have fun!  She will love your beautiful work of art!

https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Butterfly-Coloring-Page.pdf  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Bee-Coloring-Page.jpg  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Pear-Tree-Coloring-Page.pdf

Click on the image above to download lavender coloring pages.




Monday, April 27, 2020

Lavender Self-Care Kit


In our fast-paced, on-demand society it can be hard to find stillness and quiet.  Demands on our time and attention can be unrelenting and seem to come from all sides.  From the details of daily life to the state of our global community it can, at times, be all together a lot to process.  Sometimes we just need a break...a few moments to intentionally pause the day's activities and cares and just be still and quiet. 

Where to start?  We've put together a lavender self-care kit to provide 30 minutes of rest and relaxation using 5 of the lavender products we handcraft at our farm.  Of course, 30 minutes is just a suggest.  Take as much time as you want!

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.

Lavender Self-Care Kit from Pelindaba Lavender Farm

1. Lavender Foot Soak


Our Lavender Foot Soak is a blending of the organic lavender flowers and essential oil we produce at the farm, Epsom salt and solar-dried salts to provide a time-honored treatment for sore feet.  You'll need a basin or tub large enough for your feet to rest comfortably, warm or hot water and a towel.  After heating the water to your preferred temperature, sprinkle a handful or two of the Lavender Foot Soak into the basin and feel the tension and aching in the feet drift away.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Foot Soak

2. Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea


Of course any of our organic lavender tea blends will provide stress-relief in a wonderfully refreshing beverage, but for this self-care treatment we prefer our original Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea blend.  It combines full-bodied flavor, soothing calm and a little "pick me up" to carry us into the rest of the day.  All of our lavender teas are loose leaf, so you'll need an infuser to brew a cup to your taste preference.   

 3. Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies


Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies - need we say more?  If chocolate isn't your thing, how about some Lavender Shortbread?  We bake both of these tasty treats at the farm using our organic culinary lavender.  They are bite-sized, so it's ok to have a few (and a few more!).

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Tea and Lavender Cookies

4. Lavender Eye Pillow


Our Lavender Eye Pillows are sewn by local San Juan Island artisans and filled with our own farm-grown blend of organically certified lavender buds, heavy with fragrance.  Combined with dust-free rice to provide weight, these pillows provide practically instant stress relief

Tip - These lavender pillows can be cooled in a freezer (be sure to seal them in a plastic bag before putting them in the freezer to preserve the aroma) or heated in a microwave depending on the preferred treatment.  Before applying to the eyes, gently squeeze the pillow to break open the organic lavender buds to release their soothing essential oils.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Eye Pillow

5. Lavender Body Butter


After soaking, thoroughly moisturize your feet with Lavender Body Butter.  Organic shea butter, jojoba oil, rosemary oil extract, vitamin E and, of course, our organic lavender essential oil provide luxurious moisture and irresistible fragrance. 

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Body Butter

It's time to schedule some self-care for yourself or a loved one.  It might be hard to carve out the time, but it's worth it!

Create a peaceful space (turn off the phone and maybe turn on some calming music), heat up some water, brew some tea and take 30 minutes to let your body, mind and heart rest.  Leisurely sip your tea, indulge in something sweet, wiggle your toes in the soothing soak,  close your eyes and just breathe...

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!)


Feeling down?  A little blue?  It's remarkable how cleaning one's living space can lift one's mood and bring a sense of calm and peace to the day.  We aren't talking about slaving away all day to deep-clean the house from top to bottom.  Just 5-10 minutes to tackle one job can make a big difference.  (Of course, if you have the time to do a full "Spring Cleaning", go for it!)

For those 5-10 minute jobs, here's a list of ideas to get you started using our all-natural Lavender Household Cleanser and Organic Lavender Hydrosol.  We make these two home cleaning essentials at our farm using only a few non-toxic ingredients — no dyes, synthetics, preservatives, perfumes or anything else undesirable.  The health and well-being of our families and yours are paramount when we make these home care products.

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Lavender Household Cleanser

Quick Jobs for Lavender Household Cleanser

  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Toilet bowls
  • Tubs
  • Tile grout

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Lavender Household Cleanser

Quick Jobs for Organic Lavender Hydrosol

  • Counters
  • Windows
  • Dusting
  • Floors
  • Appliances (including the inside of the refrigerator)
  • Mirrors

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning with Lavender (Of Course!) - Organic Lavender Hydrosol

Remember, you don't have to do everything all at once.  That can certainly be overwhelming! 

Creating a weekly chore list can be helpful in organizing necessary cleaning tasks.  Chose a job or two each day or divide up your house by room and tackle a different one each day.  Be sure to note your daily cleaning tasks on your calendar to help keep you on track.  (It's perfectly OK to use gold stars if that is a helpful motivator - whatever it takes!)

A little bit goes a long way when it comes to creating and maintaining your home as a haven from the stresses of daily life.

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