Here on Celtic Farm we grow a large field of beautiful lavender, and the harvest has become one of our favorite events each year. We have learned quite a bit from our experience, and have outline a Guide for Planting and Growing Lavender below.
Lavandin (Lavandula) Lavender is an excellent and hardy perennial flower that attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your garden. This Mediterranean native is now … Read the rest
Pruning your lavender is critical to plant health and the longevity of the plant. When proper care is applied to your plants, lavender can last upwards of 20 years! Pruning is required, and there is definitely a technique you must follow. Without this annual care, your lavender will grow long and lanky, and typically split. Here are the steps:
The central California climate is perfect for growing lavender. Our hot, dry summers help these lovely plants produce high oil content flower buds, and our lack of rain keeps them dry and healthy. We grow two varieties: Grosso and Provence. These varieties are known for their high oil content, strong scent and beautiful, long spikes adorned with lavender flowers. During the harvest season, you can buy our … Read the rest
As we continue to grow and extend our farm, I am really digging into the uses and background of everything we grow. Lately in the “lab”, I have been experimenting with Lavender Oil in sprays and salves. The essential oil that is distilled from many of the different lavender varieties is most commonly know for its relaxing and calming effects on the body, both physically and emotionally. It is also… Read the rest