Harvesting Lavender

Last spring I started several lavender plants from seed, and I bought one larger plant from our local nursery. This year they really took off and even bloomed! 


I wanted to prune and harvest the lavender the right way so that next year the plant would continue to grow big and healthy. I searched on youtube for pruning lavender and found this informative video on the best way to do it. 




And voila – plenty of lavender! I spread it out on baking rack and put a cookie sheet under it to catch any blooms that fell off. I placed it on my kitchen counter, out of any direct sunlight, in a breezy area to dry. As soon as it finishes drying, I'll strip the blooms off the stalk to use in baking or scented bath products. 

Anyone have other good uses for dried lavender? 

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