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Lavender & Lavendar Lemonade

March 12, 2024 Back to Picks >

Growing Lavender in a Pot:

  • Lavender can be grown year-round in our area, but protect it from a hard freeze.
  • Choose a pot that will provide excellent drainage and that you can easily move.
  • Put broken ceramic shards in the pot’s bottom to keep the draining hole clear.
  • Place the pot where there is plenty of sunlight and ready access to water.
    • When to water? A reliable old-fashioned way to check for potting soil that is too dry or too wet: Sharpen a classic Number 2 Pencil and push it down as far as possible into the pot. If any bits of soil cling to the pencil when you pull it out of the pot, Do Not Water! There’s moisture down there! Thanks to our old friend Seth!!!
  • Use an excellent growing medium such as Arbor Gate Organic Soil Complete and fertilize periodically with Arbor Gate Organic Food Complete.
  • Cut well-developed leaves often for cooking and to promote continual growth.

Lavender Lemonade

  • 2 oz. gin per serving
  • Lavender syrup:
    • 8 ounces water
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • In a small saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Turn heat off and let the syrup steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a small pitcher and chill until ready to use.
  • 6 sprigs lavender, lemon slices
  • Fill shaker with ice and add gin and lavender syrup (above)
  • Shake until cold; pour into individual serving glass
  • Garnish with lemon slice and a sprig of lavender