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Lovage care is one of the most popular topics among gardeners and home growers. There are many different types of lavender varieties available, but they all have something in common – they’re easy to grow.
They do not require much attention or special tools; it’s just like any other herb. However, there are some things that you need to consider when growing lavender in your own garden.
How To Grow Lavender In Your Garden?
There are several ways to grow lavender in your garden. You could use hydroponics, which involves growing plants directly in water. Hydroponic methods are also known as “water culture.” These methods allow you to grow herbs without soil, since the plants absorb nutrients from the water they drink. Hydroponic techniques work well with herbs such as lavender because they don’t require a lot of space and can be grown indoors or outdoors (depending on climate).
Lavender plants require full sunlight to grow properly. You should plant your lavender plants in soil that has high fertility.
A good way to do this is by using a potting mix that contains loam, peat moss, and fertilizer. It’s also important that the soil you’re using drains properly, since lavender cannot withstand wet feet. Your soil should be slightly dry when you touch the top layer. If you’re using a hydroponic system, your plants should be in a solution that contains macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It also helps to add trace elements, but this isn’t required.
Whether you decide to plant your lavender in soil or water, the procedure is going to be the same. Start by choosing a sunny location in your garden or courtyard.
Lavender cannot withstand shade, so it’s important to find a place that gets plenty of sunlight. If you’re growing your lavender indoors, find a windowsill that faces east or south.
Lavender grows well in poor, dry soil. You can plant your lavender in garden beds that do not have much fertility.
This allows you to use “waste” soil that wouldn’t be good for other plants. Before you plant, however, you need to prepare the soil. You can do this by tilling the soil to create a level surface. You can also add some fertilizer to improve the fertility of the soil. If you’re growing your lavender in a hydroponic system, prepare your nutrient solutions.
Before planting, you should soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. This helps the seeds sprout faster.
After the seeds have soaked for a day, you can plant them. If you’re planting outdoors, dig small holes in the ground about an inch deep and plant the seeds. Keep the soil loose so that water can drain through it freely. If you’re planting indoors, you’ll need to use pots or a hydroponic system.
Lavender seeds sprout in about a week, sometimes less in warmer temperatures. After the seeds sprout, you should thin them out.
Only leave two to three seeds in each location. Be careful when removing the extra seeds; you don’t want to disturb the ones that remain.
After your lavender sprouts, it’s important to keep the soil moist. During the first few weeks, your plants need about an inch of water a week.
As they grow, increase the amount of water they receive gradually. Your plants should receive about 2-3 inches of water a week.
During the first couple years, you’ll need to fertilize your plants. You can use a general-purpose fertilizer, but it’s best to ask a professional what type of fertilizer is best for your specific plants.
It takes lavender between four and five years to mature. During this time, the plant should reach between 3 and 5 feet in height.
When harvesting, cut the stems at the base of the plant. Harvesting encourages new growth, which is why it’s important to prune your plants every one or two years.
Lavender in History
The ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, and Phoenicians all used lavender for medical purposes. The herb was used to keep moths away from goods stored during long journeys.
During the Middle Ages, it was known as “herb of grace.” The name comes from the Latin term “laverd,” which means “wash.” The herb has a strong fragrance, and it was used in the past to keep clothes and bed sheets smelling fresh and clean.
Lavender is still commonly used today, both for its aesthetic qualities and its practical ones. It is widely used in soaps, perfumes, and other scented goods.
It also has medical benefits. The herb is used to treat burns, skin irritations, and other minor injuries. There is some evidence that lavender may help lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, and provide other therapeutic effects. It is non-toxic, so it is safe for human consumption and skin applications.
Lavender is a beautiful, aromatic herb that is easy to grow. The plant has several practical and aesthetic uses for your garden.
Consider planting some in your backyard or flower bed.
Other Types of Lavender
As far as color is concerned, lavender can be found in a variety of hues. There are several different types of lavender plants, including the original types and hybrids of the O.
Lavandin is a hybrid of both English lavender and spike lavender. It’s a very fragrant plant that is often used in soaps and other skin products.
Spanish lavender is a cross between spike lavender and the French lavender. It is one of the most popular lavenders for oils and perfumes.
French lavender is a cross between the spike lavender and the “true lavender.” It’s more floral than its other types, and it has a sweeter scent than other lavenders.
Provence lavender is a very strong plant with a lovely, unique fragrance. While it is used in perfumes and oils, it’s also used to flavor food, particularly pastries and other desserts.
There are a host of other lavender varieties. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Some have stronger fragrances than others. If you’re interested in growing lavender but want a more unique plant, ask your local nursery for a particular type. They should have what you’re looking for.
Tips on Growing Lavender
Lavender is generally easy to grow, though there are some steps you can take to help them thrive.
Planting: If you already have a plot set aside for your lavender, start by digging a hole about 10 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Add some fertilizer or compost to the bottom of the hole, then place your lavender in the hole.
After placing the root ball in the hole, fill with dirt and gently firm it around the base of the plant. Water well after planting, then continue to water regularly every week or so. If planting directly in the ground, you’ll need to dig a hole 12 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
If you’re using a pot, make sure it has a drainage hole. You can use a clay pot or plastic container as long as it has some room for the roots to grow.
Fill with quality potting soil-avoid soil from your backyard as it may contain bacteria, weeds, or potentially harmful chemicals. Water your plant well before planting, then fill the container with soil. Gently firm it around the plant and make sure there are no air pockets.
Sunlight: Lavender can grow in partial shade, but they will not flower if they do not receive enough sun. Ideally, the plant should receive six to eight hours of direct sunlight every day.
If your plants do not receive enough sun, they may not flower at all. If this is the case, you can move your plants to a sunnier location, or you can place a sun lamp nearby.
Watering: Lavender is fairly drought-resistant, but this doesn’t mean you should let the roots dry out completely. Water your plant regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not soggy.
If you have sandy soil, it drains well and you don’t need to water as often. If you have clay soil that retains moisture, you’ll need to water your plants more often. Check the soil with your finger or use a moisture meter to see if it’s time to water again. Do not water again until the soil is completely dry.
Fertilizing: You can fertilize your lavender monthly from spring through fall using a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer. Apply according to the package directions.
Do not fertilize in winter, and reduce the amount of fertilizer you apply in fall as well.
Pruning: Deadheading, or removing the flowers as they die, encourages further blooming and helps promote new growth. When the growing season is over, usually by mid- to late- fall, cut the plants back by one-third to one-half.
This will promote new growth and make your plant more bushy. Avoid pruning in winter.
Pests and Diseases: Lavender generally isn’t bothered by many pests or diseases. If you notice your plant becoming infested with insects, you can spray with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of water.
This will kill most insects that are munching on the leaves.
If your plant does become infected with disease, you can treat it with a solution of 1 part milk to 9 parts water. Apply the mixture with a spray bottle.
The sugars and proteins in the milk fight off the disease.
Note: Do not over water or allow your lavender to sit in wet soil. Wet roots often cause fungal growth, leading to disease.
Harvesting Your Medicine
Lavender can be harvested at any time. Cut the flower head off with about an inch or two of stem.
Use your fingers or scissors. If you use scissors, be sure to sterilize them first.
Lavender dries very well and will keep for years if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light. Simply bundle lavender stems together and hang to dry (a mesh bag works well for this), or lay them out on a screen.
When the stems are dry, they’ll snap rather than bend.
Do not take internal doses of lavender essential oil unless under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Never take it before or after taking pharmaceuticals as it can impede their absorption.
Never apply the oil undiluted to the skin as it is toxic and may cause rapid heartbeat, unconsciousness or even death. Like all medications, always consult a doctor before using this product.
Essential oils are very strong and should always be diluted. Be careful NOT to breathe in the vapors directly, as this can cause irritation or worse.
Always add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil (such as sweet almond or grapeseed) before applying it to your skin. When applied properly, you shouldn’t experience skin irritation.
Marigolds (Calendula of Officinalis) are native to South America but are now found growing wild on most continents. The Aztecs actually held the calendula in such high regard that they made it a crime to pull them up because they believed they were a gift from the gods.
The name “marigold” is said to be derived from “Mary’s Gold” or “Mary’s Glory.” It is said that marigolds will grow wherever a virgin steps, although they have also been used to treat various skin conditions and wounds since ancient times.
The blossoms of the marigold are edible, and were used in Indian cooking centuries before tomatoes were found in Europe. They are still used to flavor foods in some countries.
Marigolds are used to make dye and perfume and in creams and oils for the skin.
Marigold flowers are most commonly found in yellows, oranges and reds, but can also be white or pink. They’re available all year round in most areas.
The petals are typically used in medicine and can be eaten as well. They have a distinctive scent similar to saffron but their taste is more bitter.
Marigold is most commonly used as an anti-biotic. It also contains malic acid and oxalic acid, both of which have a variety of uses.
Most commercially available creams, gels and ointments containing marigold are sold to soothe areas of skin that have been damaged in some way. It is also used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and rashes and boils.
It should not be used in excess, as this might actually damage the skin. If marigold oil touches your eyes, it can cause irritation.
Also, women who are pregnant should not use marigold in any form. The excess consumption of marigold tea can lead to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Marigold is also known as Indian saffron and has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It was once believed to cure the plague and other diseases, but this has since been disproven.
The flowers and leaves can be used to make a tea or an oil that can be applied to the skin.
Marigold in History
Marigolds have been used since ancient times to treat a variety of conditions. The Aztecs used it as a treatment for wounds and skin irritations.
It was also used in India to treat smallpox.
Marigold species have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians. This is a good indicator that it was commonly used for medicinal purposes in ancient times.
It is believed to have been used by Mayans and Native Americans as a fever reducer and a pain reliever.
The name marigold comes from the Virgin Mary, who is often symbolized by the flower.
What Does It Do?
Because marigold contains both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is useful as a treatment for skin conditions such as acne, boils, sores and other types of infections. It can also be used to remove warts. Marigold is also known to decrease pain, making it useful for treating inflamed or painful areas of the skin.
Marigold can also be used in teas and oils to treat ulcers and open wounds. It’s also a powerful disinfectant, so can be applied to infected areas of the body.
Various studies have found marigold to be useful in treating skin diseases such as dermatitis and psoriasis. It may be useful in treating other skin conditions as well, although this is yet to be confirmed by further studies.
Marigold is also known to have anti-fungal properties. This means that it can be used to treat athlete’s foot.
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