I can’t believe it’s November and for the first day of it we had 75 degree temps. (The standard joke in Michigan is if you don’t like the weather wait a minute because it will change). My windows were open, the breeze was flowing through, and I noticed a late bloom of Lavender in my whiskey barrels.
I knew the frost would get it so I decided to harvest and dry the few stems I had left before that happened. I was able to get 3 harvests this season, the third being much smaller but I’ll enjoy them no matter the size.
- Cut lavender on a dry day when the flowers just start to open.
- Make sure you use a sharp garden knife or sharp scissors to cut the stems in the green area not the woody stem.
- Remove the leaves.
- Gather lavender into several small bunches.
- Tie a string around the stems or place in a single layer on a screen.
- Hang the stems in a warm dark area, but not humid, from the attached string.
- To avoid losing any flower you can place a brown paper bag around each bundle.
- Let dry for 2-4 weeks.
- Shake or rub lavender buds into a clean dry bowl or the brown paper bag.
- Use lavender buds how you wish.
My favorite way to use my last lavender harvest is to make Lavender Vacuum Aromatherapy Pellets. This also makes for a great gift for all your gardening buddies, or friends that enjoy essential oils. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and this would make a heavenly hostess gift.
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