Well, hi there! I bet you thought we’d gone. Nope, I’m back. I just realized that it’s been literally months since we’ve updated. It was a busy summer, that’s for sure. Five days after my last post, I quit my job of ten years and left to head up the quality assurance department for an organic herb farm. And hasn’t that been a steep learning curve. The switch from manufacturing frozen veggies to medicinal herbs has been eye opening.
In the meantime, we caved in the face of weed pressure and ordered a pallet of super heavy duty weed barrier. By the end of the summer, we had planted close to 600 plants. The early season babies grew wonderfully. The late season babies will be fairly lucky to have survived the winter. As recently as January, many of the plants were still pliable and looking pretty ready to come out of dormancy. Then about a week ago, Central Washington suffered a significant cold snap. Although it hasn’t been nearly as bad as the winter weather afflicting the rest of the country, it was plenty cold for us and gave me cause to worry a little bit about plant survival. After a few inches of snow to go with the cold, a strangely warm wind kicked up and there went the snow.
Planting season is now looming and with it, the arrival of our plants for this year. Phase 2 of lavender expansion was initially expected to be another set of 600 plants. Our grower decided that this year was the year that he would buy a mechanical transplanter, so instead of ordering 600 plants, we ordered 2000. Standby for photos of planting.
Also this winter we purchased a small still for our own use in distilling small amounts of lavender oil. We successfully produced about 10 mL of oil, which doesn’t sound like much until you consider typical yields for lavender distillation. Plus, it was really exciting to produce it.
I’ve also been soaping up a storm and resurrecting my neglected Etsy store. My current offerings are in draft form, so you can’t check it out yet, but soon…
Here’s a few pictures of our labors.
You can buy any of these soaps and other at my Etsy shop.