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Luscious Lavender

Lavender Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

This lavender plant grew from a single shoot into the luscious plant you see today. It only takes a few seeds to produce such a plant. The seeds go a long way: multiplying into several shoots. As the season changes from summer to fall, there are things to consider when preparing our plants for the change of the season. For the upcoming winter season Terrableu suggests the following for potted lavender plants such as these:

When bring it inside for the winter, it will need to be acclimatized to its new location, to do this:

Move plant to a covered porch (receives less sunlight) to get it use to less sun for a few hours each day for a week or so, increase time toward end. Leave potted plant in this spot without moving for another week.

Move the plant inside house for a couple hours each day for a week, gradually increasing time inside.

Keep in a good spot that receives lots of sunlight and has good air circulation

Water less often than in the summer. Allow top inch of soil to be dry before watering again.

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Preparing Lavender for her new home

It is always a joy to see plants grow from seeds into plantlings. This particular lavender is now a plantling and ready for her new home, so we got her all prepared for the trip. For this lavender plant we did the following:

  • Picked up a clay pot that she would have plenty of room to grow in. she can stay in this pot, but if one puts her in the ground she will probably grow bigger. We chose a glazed clay pot with a bottom drain hole. The clay is a natural material. The glaze will keep moisture in and reduce the amount of water needed to water lavender. The drain hole at the bottom will keep one from over watering any plant.
  • Filled the pot with organic soil especially since she is edible
  • Transplanted her from her old pot to her new pot
  • Gave her a healthy dose of water, although she likes little water, so she could settle into her new home and recover from all the disruption of being transplanted
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The final plant is what she should look like, although she is just getting started. Are you ready to transplant your own plant? What questions do you have? Post them below. What will you grow in your own urban, or otherwise, garden? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Growing Lavender

5 Tips to Growing Lavender Perfectly No Matter Where You Live

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Growing Lavender
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Recently we sent to a new home (what we believe to be) lavender. It could be in a very young stage or just a different variety but our lavender looks nothing like this. We could have mixed up our labels as well. For the most part we have done a pretty good job and know what everything is, so this is an unfolding mystery. The plant acts just like lavender in that it thrives on fairly dry soil with little water. It is always interesting to see how plants grow, but this shall be extra interesting. Thank you for taking this journey with us. There is always next year and we have plenty of lavender seeds. We pray she does very well in her new home. So far, we have only good reports.

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What plants would you like to see us grow next year? We already have a request in for strawberries. Which plants would you like to grow on your own? Which plants help with your particular health concerns? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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For the Love of Lavender

Lavender Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We started most of our seedling early in the season inside our mini greenhouse, which is actually a garage with several windows. Lavender was one of the plants we started in our mini greenhouse. We started our seedlings in February just before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Since the pandemic many people have begun their own gardens for a host of reasons. Since our growing season for the seeds we planted did not began until March we planted inside in February and then transplanted them into the outside garden when the season began. There are several benefits to growing in greenhouses. Many gardeners and farmers use greenhouses or some type of greenhouse system to lengthen the growing season. Indeed I have seen some gardeners and farmers growing in snow season. Our homes are a sort of greenhouse for the plants we keep indoors. The plants needs are not the same when they are inside or in some type of greenhouse structure. Richard Bray gives an excellent brake down of the greenhouse in their many forms in “Greenhouse Gardening” . What was most helpful about “Greenhouse Gardening” was understanding how to create an environment in which plants can grow indoors. Bray reminds us that plants have different needs than we do when indoors and that their needs change when they are indoors as oppose to outdoors. Read our review of “Greenhouse Gardening” to learn more. “Greenhouse Gardening” can be found here.

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Mini Greenhouse
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Lavender was one of those plants we struggled with until we had a better understanding of how to care for our plants inside our mini greenhouse. She grew from a simple shoot into a shoot with several leaves. We re-potted her and brought her outdoors once the growing season began here in Norfolk, VA, USA. We were not certain if she would make it. But, these plants will surprise you. Just when you think they will not make it they come back in big and powerful ways. As you can see lavender has gown into a host of shoots with leaves and what we believe will grow into stems of lavender blossoms. We know a few people who like lavender so we kept sowing her until she grew into the large plant picture above. For gardeners and farmers alike the growing process can be one of trail and error even for the masters. Many have great difficulty growing lavender, so we were pleasantly surprise to see her flourishing. One thing to remember about lavender is to keep her well drained and sparsely watered. She does not like much water and her seeds must be properly prepared.

Did you know that besides smelling amazing lavender is an edible flower? Which edible flowers do you like? Many of us enjoy these flowers for their medicinal purposes (such as echinacea). Which edible flowers are your favorite? How do you eat them? We also know several tea drinkers. Share your comments with the community below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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