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Wonderful organic, Chemical-free Lavender Sleeping Sachets make great gifts


At Home Farm Herbery we know how important a good night’s sleep is to you so we have created wonderful organic, Chemical-free Lavender Sleeping Sachets that can be added under your pillow. Order today http://www.localharvest.org/lavender-bud-sleeping-sachets-C26943
 
 

Lavender Pet Flea Repellant Sachets is our newest organic, chemical-free pet product

Lavender Pet Flea Repellant Sachets is our newest organic, chemical-free pet product   petslavender flea repellent  

We thank you for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so place your order now.
 
 

Lavender and Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

Lavender and Honey Glazed Chicken Get recipe lavender honey glazed chicken
 
 

How to Make Herbal Infused Honey

How to Make Herbal Infused Honey

 


You will need Honey (preferably raw honey from a local bee keeper),

Fresh or dried herbs such as Lavender, Rose Petals, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Basil, Ginger, Sage, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans, Star Anise, or Thyme just to name a few and a Glass jar.

Directions:

Fill a clean glass jar halfway with fresh herbs or a quarter ways with dried herbs

Top with honey, stir and cap with a tight fitting lid

Place in a sunny windowsill and turn the jar over once per day

Add more honey if the herbs swell and rise above the honey

Allow to infuse for 1 week or longer and strain once the desired flavor has been achieved

Enjoy drizzled over desserts, fresh fruit, ice cream, oatmeal, on toast with or without butter, on biscuits, in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, cordials, syrups, or as a sweetener for tea or lemonade.

 Our sample just shows lavender, but you can use others including our suggestions below.  Get Creative!




Basil  






 

 
 
 

Lemon Lavender Bars

Lemon Lavender Bars lemon lavender bars
Ingredients
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
 teaspoons lavender flowers, crushed
2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind
Topping
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/3 cup lemon juice
Confectioners' sugar (Powdered)
Directions:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar; Add the flour, almonds, lavender and lemon peel; beat until crumbly.
  2. Pat into an ungreased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dish; bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in another small mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking soda, eggs and lemon juice; beat until frothy; pour over HOT crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown; cool on wire rack, dust with powdered sugar; refrigerated leftovers.
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How to Grow and Use Culinary Lavender

How to Grow and Use Culinary Lavender

by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery




Growing culinary lavender is basically easy and the first step is to know the difference between the several different lavender plants that are available. Though one can use most lavender in cooking there is a difference between all the Lavenders and especially the English Lavender and the best culinary lavender which is referred to as “Munstead” Lavender.

Lavender is a perennial and will grow and thrive in zones 5-11. It likes gravelly soil so if your soil is clay like ours is in South Central Kentucky it has to be amended. At Home Farm Herbery we prefer raised beds for everything and we have Mediterranean herb gardens that we started in 1999. We amended our heavy clay soil with a mixture of gravel, top soil and humus/manure compost with it being ½ bag of top soil, ½ bag of humus/manure compost to every bag of gravel we added. We then mixed well and our beds were about 12 to 16 inches deep and ready for our plants. We never had to touch them since then.

Though lavender can be grown from seed we find the best start is to find a good nursery that sells organic, pesticide-free lavender plants. One can find organic lavender plants from Goodwin Creek Gardens and our favorite is Wild Flower Farm The plants arrive perfectly packaged, swiftly and in excellent condition. Lavender plants are not cheap and one can expect to pay about $10.00 per plant. For a small kitchen or herb garden 2 to 4 plants will give you plenty of culinary flower buds for your own use.

When you first start your beds we recommend setting your plants right after the danger of the last frost for your area. Water them to set well and then remember that Lavender is one of the many herbs that come from the warm and dry Mediterranean area of the world. We started our plants right in the first weeks of September and they made it through the winter very well. They came in 4 inch pots and were about 12 inches tall so we planted them about 4 inches deep and about 18 inches apart.

The following spring we had our first buds and by harvest time we were ready for our first cuttings. We pruned them down to about 8 to 10 inches from the ground, tied the cuttings in bunches and hung them where they could dry out. Once they have dried out one can easily strip the beautiful lavender buds from them for future use in either cooking or crafts. If you intend to use them for crafts we recommend not stripping all of them especially if you intend to sell any of your lavender to crafters since they prefer their lavender still on the stems.



Dried lavender flower buds will keep for a long time providing you store them in an airtight jar in a dark closet or pantry where they will maintain their color and scent for a long time.

Over the years one’s lavender bushes will get quite woody at the base. However, that does not bother them as they come back each spring. They do not need pesticides or chemicals and here at Home Farm Herbery we have pledged ourselves years ago to grow only organic and heirloom plants and seeds and to be a pesticide free property. We feel everyone should consider the same thing. Once pesticides or chemicals are in your ground they will come up through your plants not only to your lavender but into your tomatoes or whatever you are growing. Make sure your seeds are non-hybrid/non-GMO seeds. Once those things are in your plants, they are in your produce and eventually in your stomach and system.

Here at Home Farm Herbery we sell a lot of Lavender flower buds on our internet store and they range from 1 oz. sampler packages and 4 oz. packages to 1 pound packages.

Usually the one pound packages are purchased to make wedding sachets for June brides.

Sewers love to make little quilted pin cushions and fill them with lavender buds.

Yet on the culinary side one can make Lavender sugar, Lavender Pepper,



Lavender Sea Salt rubs for cooking meats and to add to our tea blends and tisanes just as we do here at Home Farm Herbery.



When we used to have a big dog, she had a big bed and we made a pillow that went into it that was filled with lavender buds which she loved as we did also.

One can make their own Herbes de Provence and an essential addition to that herb blend is some lavender buds. You cannot believe what a great thing it will do to a nice homemade tomato sauce or stews.

For those who make or want to make candles or soap then adding lavender flower buds to them is an easy thing and you can find my 3 part candle making series on the internet.

Having a few Lavender plants in your garden is a good bee attraction and bees are needed for any garden.

When all is said and done and you do not want to do any of these things with Lavender buds then just adding Lavender to your gardens or yard will be a pretty site once all those lovely purple or should I says lavender flowers start showing up.

May the Creative Force be with you

Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery
 
 

Crowing and Using Culinary Lavender




Here is my latest published article about growing and using Culinary Lavender and you can read it here http://www.helium.com/items/2438118-how-to-grow-and-use-culinary-lavender

It contains lots of good information.

 
 

Lavender uses and growing instructions

To read y latest article on how to grow and use culinary lavender please click on the following link now.  http://www.helium.com/items/2438118-how-to-grow-and-use-culinary-lavender
 
 
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