Nurtured from the start

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5/11/2019 Beginning today the Grosso we started from just cuttings from our Tenderloin Farms Lavender goes on sale. To say starting your own lavender is hard is an understatement. Each variety seems to have a mind of its own on when to root, how moist to keep the soil and how warm to keep it. […]

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2019 Greenup

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The spring has been strange again and ever changing from year to year. But finally we have signs of spring as the Hidcote begins to greenup. Finally

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Greenhouse

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5-1-2019 Started late last year a labor of love now completed. We gathered old windows and stained glass from the community. Decided to go green with our greenhouse with solar vents and rain barrels. The new home for the Grosso started in the basement

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U-Pick Patch Under Construction

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4-5-2019 Worked with Hamel Co-Op today to apply lime to our new U-Pick patch going into. Later this fall you can come to the lavender farm and pick your own Lavender. Enjoy your day at the farm and see what we have been up to.

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Hobnob Vintage Market

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We will be attending the Hobnob Vintage Market March 8th and 9th in Springfield IL on the State Fair Grounds.  We are busy crafting our products out of the lavender we produce.  Stop in and smell the aroma from our dried lavender, shower steamers, bath melts, floral water, bath soak, soaps and our new lavender […]

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Our First Babies

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12/26/2018 – We pulled cuttings from our mature lavender patch in October.  Added LED grow lights and heat mats in the basement.  Today we are moving the babies with their new roots to their bigger grow pots.  We were excited to dig out the cuttings from their cells and see the roots at the bottom.  […]

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Covering the Lavender for the Winter

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11/2018 – We hadnt planned on covering the lavender when we started this adventure.  But on the rolling hills, the wind can be nasty.  And a few days of frigid, cold ole wind last year hurt the Hidcote and Munstead.  This year we have decided to cover it to protect from the winds.  We will […]

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Building our Greenhouse

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10/23/2018 – We have begun building our greenhouse of old stained glass found in Alton and old wood windows from St. Louis.  OMG I totally underestimated the painting to be done.  Our plans to take cuttings from our lavender and add a few more patches and yes sell what works in our area to the […]

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Harvesting Lavender in France

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2018 – When visiting France in the summer, these were some of equipment types to harvest and maintain the lavender.  The lavender fields are huge so the equipment seems to handle their needs.  As our equipment has evolved to harvest the row crops so it does for the lavender.  The last pic of the red […]

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Time to Prune

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10-17-2018  We have begun to prune the patches.  There are many discussions of when to prune the lavender.  Remember pruning and cutting the lavender is needed to keep the lavender healthy as well as taking one stem to many.  Some prune the lavender in the fall and others in the spring depending on the severity of […]

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