Each month on the farm has its own character and feel. After a few years, you start to feel the cycle turn. Every year is different, but much remains similar year after year. As the weather changes so do our tasks and workload. As our crops are planted, tended, and harvested, the population of staff and visitors on the farm ebbs and flows. I enjoy each month as it comes, and anticipate the events of the next.
This is my final monthly review of the farm for 2014, combining the months of November and December. November starts out with a hard push to get the fields ready for winter before the rains render the fields too wet to enter with the tractors.
After a couple of weeks the workload slows down considerably, and I switch modes to winter maintenance and planning and preparing for the next farm year.
Many folks love lavender. Others wonder what is all the fuss? What makes lavender different from all the other fragrant and pretty flowers? There are many ways to enjoy lavender. In addition to displaying bunches of cut lavender stems, we find other uses for the stems, as well as the flower buds, lavender essential oil, and the flower water, or hydrosol of lavender.
Lavender has an engaging fragrance that is beloved by many. That is enough reason to grow and use lavender, but looking deeper, we find that lavender is a complex and multi-faceted plant with many uses.
I would like to touch on some highlights here, but many of these topics demand more discussion. Watch the blog for more upcoming postings about lavender. Each paragraph here could someday be the start of a separate entry. Let me know what most interests you about lavender. Here starts our whirlwind tour:
The lavender fields are beginning to show a purple haze. As summer arrives, our lavender plants are getting ready to flower. By the middle of July, the lavender will be a peak bloom. Come join us July 11-13 and 18-20 for two big weekends of celebrating lavender. Continue reading Two Big Weekends of Celebrating Lavender→
I chose just ten highlights to discuss from the many stories of 2013 at Dr. Maze’s Farm. Since I have combined them all into one post, the post is very long. They are listed in alphabetical order. Read on to learn about the Giant Chair, naked seed pumpkins, distillations, our labyrinth, the big Goat Walk field maze, and more.