Ways to Use Lavender

How to Dry Lavender:

  • Cut flowers in morning – after dew evaporates yet before heat of day

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  • (Rubber) band together in bunches of about a dozen or so stems
  • Hang upside down in a warm dimly lit space with adequate ventilation
  • Dry for one to weeks – until stalks are completely dried
  • Once dried – dislodge the buds by rolling them back/forth in a towel or newspaper
  • Store buds in an air tight container

Use your Hidcote and Munstead lavender plant blooms in late spring and summer dishes. Fresh blooms should be submerged into water for a minute to release any dirt or insects hanging on. Dry the fresh lavender by wrapping them in a towel and lightly squeezing them. Lavender mixes beautifully with herbs such as rosemarythyme and oregano.

Use fresh or dried lavender in the following dishes:

  • Chicken (especially roasted chicken – my favorite!)
  • Tuna or other strong flavored fish
  • Salads (fresh lavender preferably)
  • Stews
  • Custards
  • Sorbets
  • Chocolate
  • Jelly
  • Sweets – cookies and cakes
  • Heavy sauces (usually made with alcohol reductions/heavy creams)
  • Breads
  • Lavender honey – heat clean fresh blooms (no chemicals used) in regular or other flavored honey on low until lightly simmering. Strain flowers or leave in honey. Cool and enjoy.

 

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Best Winter Gardening Tips to Get a Start on Spring and Summer Yard Care

Apply these best winter gardening tips and you will get a head start on your spring and summer yard care. There are moments when you look outside during winter and wish desperately for the warmth of summer. Don’t fret. Make winter the season of preparing for a long relaxing summer.

These winter gardening chores are the first steps to making a relaxing summer possible is to prepare your garden and what better time than mid to late winter.

  • Turn the shrubbery and tree lines into something of beauty with light pruning
  • Mulch your perennials and win the fight against weeds before they have the chance to infiltrate
  • Sketch your new garden ideas for the landscape and start building.
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It sounds easy when you really think about it, and it is. Gardening can be very time consuming in the spring and summer and most everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful warm weather doing other activities not worry about the landscape.  A little planning ahead and a few days of clean up work and prepping can make gardening and yard care so much easier for the growing season.

A few planning tips for your garden can be as simple as:

  • Building a raised bed for annuals or vegetable planting.
  • Drawing out a new plan for plant placement.
  • Jotting down ideas for new plants to add in.
  • Start your own compost.
  • Protect animal attracting plants with wire cages.
  • Wrap thin bark trees that are susceptible to cold weather damage.

After making your garden plans, start doing a few things that will help will upkeep that would otherwise be difficult in the spring and summer.

After you have protected delicate plants for the worse part of winter and the early spring temperature fluctuations and, then have a plan for your garden design, it’s time to put everything into action. This will definitely be an achievement you will certainly be proud of and, when spring hits, you can relax knowing that your garden is in great shape.

Visit us at Greenwood Nursery Online Nursery and Garden Center for a great selection of flowering shrubs, nut trees, evergreen ground covers and more!

We’d love to hear from you about how you prepare your yard and garden for late winter weather. Leave us a comment or email us.

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