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Garden Theme: From Lawn to Lavender: Water Saving alternatives that are guaranteed to attract bees and butterflies. Answers, tips and suggestions for water conservation in your garden.

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When we drove up to the property 12 years ago, our first reaction was “You can’t be serious!” I didn’t know what was worse, the house or the property around it. My inner child came forward, “I’m not getting out of this car! This place is awful!” I sat arms crossed and stared at the dashboard.

A month later I was digging 30 lifeless Juniper plants from the walkway with a pickaxe. The yard was an eye sore. I did my best to keep the patchy grass alive while my husband and I worked to make the house livable.

This garden is an experiment in the making. I have always been intrigued with lavender and its healing properties so when we saw that Truckee Meadows Community College was offering classes in growing lavender, we signed up – twice. In November of 2014, our water-demanding grass was removed and 200 lavender seedlings were planted. I wanted the feel of being in the South of France in a fragrant field of purple.

Lavender loves sun and poor soil, and thrives on little water. A simple drip-line was installed and the plants are watered twice a week, an hour each time. We are experimenting with four varieties, including Super, which can grow 4 to 5 feet tall.

The neighbors are thrilled with the lavender and can’t wait for the first harvest. As a licensed massage therapist, I am anxious to use the fragrant lavender oils in my practice.

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