The other day I harvested my lavender. There are so many uses for lavender...& today I'm going to share just a few of the simplest things you can do with this versatile herb...

First you must harvest the lavender at the right time; cut it in the morning after the dew has dried. The flower buds should just be to the opening stage and not beyond it. This lavender is just about perfect...maybe a day or two late.

Cut the lavender stems down to the desired length leaving the next new growth coming up untouched. Bring your harvest to a table and begin stripping the leaves like this:

Once the leaves are stripped you can begin bundling the stems up for drying...

I often fashion little drying racks and hooks from bits of twine and string... But today I brought out my black iron wire just for the pure aesthetic of it all...

Let the lavender hang upside down until it's dry and stiff to the touch...your room will smell heavenly for days!

While you are working on your bundles you'll find little bits of lavender that fall to the wayside. Don't let them go to waste...collect them and add to your sugar dish. They also make a lovely unexpected flavor for teas, dessert toppings or for flavoring honey!

Once you've flavored your favorite tea, sugar or honey it's time to sit back and relax a bit! Enjoy the fruits of your labor...


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