HOW TO LEARN THE ANATOMY OF LAVENDER
Image from MesaLavenderFarms.com
Caylx - commonly called The Bud. This is the part of the plant that is harvested for culinary uses.
Corolla - flower petals, is produced from the Caylx. Very little to no flavor for culinary uses.
Peduncle - the stem.
Whorl - cluster of Caylx (buds).
Spike - The section of where the Caylx and Corolla begin to grow on the stem.
Bract - the leaf like material that is removed during our cleaning process.
Food Grade Barrels
Cutting in half
The black tubing is the drip system used to water the lavender
Watering the new plants
The white polls down the middle create the top of the tent when covering the lavender
Have to hold down the ends of the frost blankets so they don't blow away in the wind
You can see how it tents over the lavender, we don't want the frost blankets to lay directly on top
HOW TO GROW IN A BARREL
We grow lavender in the most unique way, above ground in barrels. We didn't like the idea of having to get down on our knees for every plant so Bryan had a thought...raise the plants. Our barrels are 55 gallon food grade drums cut in half. We filled those barrels with some great dirt and put our baby lavender plants in there. Now we can't get those plants to slow down.
Stop by and see it in person!
HOW WE CLEAN
Once we harvest, the bundles are hung upside down to dry. We remove the buds from the stems and then use a vacuum cleaner process to remove dust and leaves.
HOW TO CLEAN LAVENDER BUDS
Here is a clip of our vacuum cleaner working.
The items flying against the wood is the chafe and unwanted items removed from the buds.
Thank you to Realseeds for the plans. Follow the link to check out their video.