For years I’ve wanted to grow lavender, but for some reason I kept putting it off until recently.
After coming across a 4 inch plant earlier in the spring it seemed like there was no time like the present to try growing lavender in Texas.
So, I snatched it up and in a matter of a couple months it’s already tripled in size. It’s my hope this beauty will turn into many future plants.
Lavender loves direct sunlight so I made sure to plant in the center of the herb bed. I also decided to plant in a container, this way it can move with us after we sell the farm.
Lavender needs to be watered deep but not often. You can let the soil go dry between watering; this is actually healthy for the plant. But when I say go dry I don’t mean for months on end. What I discovered is Lavender has a similar growing style as rosemary.
So to keep this plant happy, I water twice a week when there is no rainfall and then fertilize with llama tea every six months. Other types of fertilizer tea would also work like rabbit, goat, sheep and even horse manure.
- Lavender prefers a minimum of 6 hours or more of full sun.
- Grow in well-drained mounds or raised beds.
- Water with a garden hose not a sprinkler and you can even skip mulch.
- If your soil is sandy, mix in some clay to improve drainage. Get my clay soil tips here.
- For high humid climates make sure you plant in a windy area of the garden.
- Prune in the fall after blooming season ends.
Lavender has been a wonderful addition, I love the scent and look forward to harvesting next year.
The focus for now is to let this plant grow, divide and transplant in the late fall because temperatures here don’t normally drop until around mid October.
Transplanting will be a breeze since it’s in a container; you want to leave as much dirt surrounding the root base to keep from stressing the plant.
Adding Lavender has given me some ideas for the future that will lead to neat crafting. This delicate wisp will also look neat with smaller flowers in vase arrangements.
If you use Lavender oil it can work as an antiseptic and anti inflammatory. It’s wonderful on fire ant bites and perfect for minor cuts as it helps to a stop to bleeding.
I like to add a couple lavender oil drops on my pillow as it helps me relax and sleep well.
Gardening with lavender and incorporating it into our lives is a beautiful thing. It offers this sense of warmth and fragrance that I’m sure will make you smile.