There are so many wonderful things about lavender: its clean scent, its understated purple blooms and silvery stems, its powerful attraction to butterflies, its ability to withstand drought and heat... and the uses of lavender, too, are myriad. Try some as an aromatherapy treatment, a delicate garnish, a closet and drawer freshener, a beautiful decoration, an ingredient in cakes and cocktails, in homemade cosmetics, and so much more. Best of all, it grows well in pots, so you don't even need a backyard to grow some!
How To Start Your Lavender Seedlings
Begin with a small pot or seed tray in a warm location. Fill with soil – a light potting mix, fine vermiculite, or regular potting mix mixed with a bit of sand. The key is a growing medium that dries quickly, so you won't overwater your plant. Plant the seeds according to the directions on the seed packet, probably about 1/4" down. Place in full sun and water regularly. Seedlings should take around 2 weeks to germinate.
How To Care For Lavender
Lavender will want AT LEAST 3-4 hours of bright sun every day (6-8 hours is even better), so choose a sunny spot such as a well-exposed windowsill. While it's young and still establishing its root system, water often. However, once your plant is a bit more mature, let the soil dry out between waterings. Overwatering can be a killer for lavender.
Okay, so now you're well on your way to having your very own fragrant, pretty purple lavender plants! Even though your garden might not look exactly like this...
...the tiny purple blossoms and alluring fragrance will bring a soothing, peaceful presence to your herb garden!
And plus, once your lavender has reached maturity, you can try out incredible recipes and DIYs like...
An utterly classy Lemon Lavender Vodka Tonic
Delicate and oh-so-French Honey Lavender Macarons
Fragrant, fizzy Lavender Bath Bombs
Yummy, summery Peach Lavender Lemonade
I'm starting my own herb garden from seed this summer, so I can identify with all the beginning gardener woes. If you have any questions, I'd love to try to help find a solution! :) Happy herb gardening, everyone!