Lavender loves full sun (at least 8 hours per day or more). Lavender’s native habitat is the area around the Mediterranean Sea which has dry, chalky/rocky ground, so it thrives on hot, dry, rocky, or sandy soil. Good drainage is a must - too much rain and it drowns. Some people have great success growing the hybrid Lavendula x-intermedia, var. Grosso, which tolerates the hot dry climate and produces a good and useful essential oil. This hardy hybrid is the workhorse in many fields throughout the world. Another lavender species that does well in cooler climates are the varieties of Lavendula...Read More
There are many ways to prune lavender. ‘If you like roses you’ll love Lavender’ Lila Avery-Fuson says. ‘Lavender, like the rose does not like wet feet and loves to be cut hard, just remember the harder you cut it the more it shows!’ Her advice is to not be afraid to take it down each year within 2/3 of the root ball just after the last frost in spring. This will encourage new growth and a strong stem length along with a judicious application of fish emulsion. Sarah Richards says “Give lavender a 1 ½ green crew cut.” She says you measure the green from where the woody stems...Read More
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Summer may still be officially a few weeks off but we are hearing from Lavender Growers across the country that their fields are blooming and Lavender Time is upon us. Do you know where to find a Lavender Farm near you?
Check out the member map page on the US Lavender website. While you are at the site be sure to check the Upcoming Events Calendar page and find a Lavender festival near you.
Enjoy this Lavender Season by visiting a Lavender Farm.
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Are you taking advantage of early bird registration for the USLGA conference in Mesa? If you love Lavender this is where you will want to be.
Check out the 3 tracks which will be available . There is something for everyone, from a beginner dreaming of getting their first plant in the ground, the crafter who works with Lavender and the experienced grower.
1.I Want to Start a Lavender Farm - For those seeking advice and knowledge about what it takes to grow lavender as a crop and to explore various business models for converting lavender into profit.
2. I Have a Lavender Farm - For those who have an established farm and want to gain skill and knowledge about current issues from leading experts in the field.
3. I Want to Use Lavender - For the gardener or business owner who wants to understand the use of lavender and discover creative ideas for cooking and crafting with lavender.
I have used this tool for years for weeding the best ever....Dutch Push Hoe 14 cm...my go-to-tool for weeding lavender field and of course the rototiller couldn't live without either
Are you counting down the months or weeks until you visit a Lavender festival this summer? Looking for a Lavender farm in your area? Check out the calendar on the USLGA website and while you are there check out the member map. There is probably a Lavender Farm near you or even on the way as you are traveling on vacation this summer. Think Lavender!
Have you always wondered what it would be like to be a Lavender farmer. Well here is your chance ! Join the USLGA in Mesa, next January. This conference will have tracks for a wide range of interests. Tracks for those of you who are considering taking the leap into the world of Lavender and of course for those experienced growers too.
Now is the time to register for the next United States Lavender Conference to be held in Mesa, AZ in January 2017! You can still catch "Early Bird" registration to save $$. Plus, you will have access to a meeting code to receive a discount on Delta airlines. Register now before the summer gets too busy and it slips your mind. http://uslavender.org/uslc/cost-registration/
Lavender growers, I'm hoping you can give me some advice. My daughter and I have run a small lavender business from our home and yard for three seasons, making some extra income for her college expenses. We sell at our local farmers markets and arts shows. We are looking to expand greatly, having just purchased some land to start a very small farm. We would like to have a steady income by selling our products to stores or other companies. How would we go about making that happen? If we were to grow 10 or more acres of lavender, could we sell it to an oil manufacturer, or our own oil to a disributer? Again, how could we make that happen? We are looking to turn this project into a means to make a living. Is this realistic? We are not afraid of hard work or getting our hands dirty. Any advice anyone could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
A note from our president! USLGA is 4 years old!
Today marks USLGA's fourth anniversary! It seems so long ago it was launched in conjunction with the International Lavender Conference held in Sequim. Since starting with our initial group of 'Founder members', we have grown to 258 members as of last month. I am elated with these numbers, as we initially couldn't see beyond possibly 100 members.
Not sure just how to celebrate this day other than to say 'thank you!' to all of our members for this tremendous growth.
Interested in growing Lavender, making Lavender products? Then check out a membership on the US Lavender website and join other Lavender lovers on this incredible journey!
Hello my husband and I are about to plant our first thousand lavender plants! With the research that we have done, there has a discrepancy in the space between plants! A few people say 18 inches and others say 30 inches. How many inches do you have your plants planted?
What is the standard pricing for distilling lavender? By the pound?
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) shared Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History's video.
Amazing study from Australia, very interesting!
BREAKING NEWS: 5 April 2016 Australian Researchers Make Extraordinary Discoveries About Lavender And Bees. ~ Follow: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History The ancients were well aware of the importance of Lavender to Bees over 2000 years ago. Lavender has been used through the centuries in France and in Europe for as a calmative for humans and animals. The ancient Roman naturalist Virgil in 29 B.C. writes about lavender in Georgics Book IV, mentioning lavender as a favorite flower of bees, and recommending that it be planted in the neighborhood of their hives. Recent Australian research has discovered compounds found in some plants like lavender which bees might actually see as beneficial. They discovered that the smell of lavender has a calming effect on bees, enhances their memories, and olfactory cues triggered by scents like lavender were directly linked to the expression of certain bee genes, causing epigenetic changes to their DNA. Credit: ABC Catalyst Honeybee Brains and Lavander http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4437579.htm
We are happy to announce that we have selected our keynote speaker for USLC 2017! In order to support our culinary emphasis we have selected Nancy Bagget! Nancy is a member of USLGA and she has authored more than 20 cookbooks! She also has a blog. Check out her web page: http://kitchenlane.com/
Join us in congratulating Nancy Baggett for being selected to be our prestigious Keynote Speaker!
Original, well-tested recipes, enticing photos, and helpful cookbook writing how-tos
Testing the water to see if growing Lavender on my farm in Up State NY..makes sense... ..getting excited about possibilities.. thanks for this page !
Quick question. I've thought about starting a lavender farm here in Alabama, where I'm pretty sure Grosso is my best choice. However, I've read mixed reviews about its utility as a fragrance oil. Does Grosso produce a marketable oil on its own, or does it contain too much camphor?
What is a Tisane?
We hear the phrase herbal tea so often but what exactly is it?
It is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine.
So simply Lavender Tea is a Lavender Tisane!
Try this Lavender Tisane for a calming respite at the end of the day.
3 T fresh Lavender flowers or 1 1/2 T dried Lavender buds
2 cups boiling water
honey and lemon optional
To make Lavender tea put the flowers/buds in a teapot along with the boiling water allowing them to steep a good 3 to 4 minutes. To steep longer will create a bitter tea...
Pour into cups through a strainer to remove the buds.
Optional -Serve Lavender flower tea with honey and sliced lemon
If you are an Earl Grey lover add 1/2 tsp of Lavender buds to decaffeinated Earl Grey for a more robust tea.
Thanks to Everything Lavender for this recipe and photograph
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) shared their event.
Don't forget to respond "Interested" or "Going" to our 2017 United States Lavender Conference for updates about the event!
http://www.uslavender.org/uslc United States Lavender Conference 2017 will be held in Mesa, Arizona Jan. 26-28, 2017. The 3rd United States Lavender Conference, presented by USLGA, will be a networking and educational opportunity held on Jan 27 & 28th, 2017 with the following 3 tracks relating to interest level: -- I Want to Start a Lavender Farm-For those seeking advice and knowledge about what it takes to grow lavender as a crop and to explore various business models for converting lavender into profit. -- I Have a Lavender Farm- For those who have an established farm and want to gain skill and knowledge about current issues from leading experts in the field. -- I Want to Use Lavender- For the gardener or business owner who wants to understand the use of lavender and discover creative ideas for cooking and crafting with lavender. Come join us and fellow lavender growers and users to network and learn!
This just goes to prove how relaxing lavender is, take a look, I filmed him this afternoon!
After finding this snoring baby Rabbit all over the garden fast asleep I thought I would video him. As I stepped over the pots he woke, jumped up and scared ...
Kudos are in order ! Check out this great article about Mike Neustrum and Prairie Lavender in Kansas. In case you didn't know, Mike is the president of the US Lavender Growers Association.
Lavender farm produces a fragrant crop
Did you know all these facts about Lavender? Want to know more? Check out the US lavender website and find a Lavender farm near you. http://Www.uslavender.org
There's a lot to learn about the prettiest purple plant.
Do you love Lavender? So do we! Be sure to check out the US Lavender Pinterest page. Check it out at http://www.pinterest.com/uslavender
United States Lavender Growers Association (US Lavender) with Marjorie Gomes and Molly Gomes.
A perfect touch for your Easter festivities. Thanks to Out of the Broom Closet for this deliciousness.
Lavender Tea Bread
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers, finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp. fresh chopped flowers
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat milk with lavender almost to a boil, then steep until cool.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl.
In another bowl cream butter and gradually add sugar, then eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy.
Add flour mixture alternately with lavender milk, in three parts. Mix until batter is just blended, do not overbeat.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.
When completely cool, drizzle with a simple sugar glaze or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender.
I like to make a light lemon confectioners sugar glaze for mine
but it is up to your tastes !
1 cup Powdered sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 spoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp Soy milk or regular milk
In case you ever tire of Lavender, as if that would happen, you can add Rosemary, Sage or Thyme instead.