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.
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.