I'm making lavendar vinegar today

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

I saw a T.V. program recently where a woman was washing windows with homemade lavendar vinegar. Since we always use vinegar water and newspapers to clean windows, I thought lavendar vinegar sounds much more pleasant than the white. Turns out it was very easy to find the recipe: everything-vinegar.com and the vinegar can also be used in salads ( not so sure @ that). Will let you know in 3 weeks when vinegar is fully infused.

Always looking for more ways to use my fresh herbs.
Sylvia

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for sharing the everything-vinegar site. I have put vinegar and rosemary in a spray bottle to take care of shower residue. Vinegar also cuts any greasy spatters in the kitchen.

Please, do keep us posted on your opinion of the lavendar vinegar.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Thanks for your response. Sounds so good to me. I've marked it on my calendar and will let you all know the results.

Sylvia

sun city, CA(Zone 9a)

i love learning things like this. so helpful around the house. thank you for posting it.

kc

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Your welcome, my pleasure in sharing. My vinegar is turning a lovely mauve color now.

Sylvia

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Me too, exactly what the others said. I have some lavendar so I'll have to try this when it flowers. Thanks for the tip on that site.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Thank you for posting Mary. Makes me very happy!

Sylvia

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Dear all,

I opened my lavendar vinegar today. It smells WONDERFUL of lavendar, so much better than I expected. You all must try it! So very easy.

Sylvia

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Excellent! I hope you enjoy using it. Now if I could only make the lavender last thru summer here...

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

i copied from the page, and google came up with 'searching' for that site. tried several variations, still cannot find the site. I know how to use a web browser, so could someone create a link and post it here?

thanks.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

I don't think there is a site called everything-vinegar.com but I found a page called everything-vinegar on someone's site.

http://mihaelaotp.hubpages.com/hub/Everything-Vinegar

HTH.

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

thank you, MaryMcP!

got a lot of useful tips.

sfc

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

The lavendar vinegar is very easy to make. Fill a container 1/2 full of clean blossoms and white distilled vinegar. Put on window sill, shake every day, in 3 weeks it's done. Strain out blossoms, rebottle in clean container.
Sylvia

Manning, SC(Zone 8a)

It's so funny, I just happened on this thread, and I also happened to think, a couple of months ago, of using lavender in white vinegar and putting it in a spritz bottle to clean with. But I didn't use blossoms (I reserve those for making my face cleansing "tea"), I cut off tips of some of the branches, with the greenery, 3" or so, and even used stems. They're heavily scented too, and make the vinegar smell so nice! I love it that I can use so much of my plants, nothing wasted! In a house with 4 cats and a dog, I'm always cleaning up "stuff".

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

well, now i have to go and get myself some lavender plants - some to grow and some to steep for the cleaning mix. ☺

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Please post your success with the lavender plants when you do? They protest my zone 8 heat and humidity. I never have mastered them.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Dear podster

I have tried growing lavender plants several times with no success. I live in zone 9. Finally had success with Grosso which I bought at a lavender farm near relatives in Squimn WA. Bought a 4' pot of Grosso @ 5 years ago now its about 4". I've also found that many herbs I've not been able to grow in the ground do much better in pots where you are much more able to accommodate their needs.

Good luck and keep trying, it's so worth it.
Sylvia

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank you Sylvia ~ I appreciate the information and will look for Grosso. That is worth trying as I am too stubborn to quit. 8 ) Kristi

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

You go girl! That's what I've done, just kept trying. Tried thyme many times in the ground, died. Put it in a planter.......magic, it's thriving.

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

I'm not having luck growing from nurseries locally here in zone 10. - anyone have any good sources for lavender seed? and any particular type of lavender for this climate?

Charleston, SC(Zone 8b)

Last fall I planted 3 Provance lavender that a nursury owner friend said would do well here zone 8b. She also said lavender is a mediterrian plant that needs well drained ROCKY soil so picked the driest area in the garden, dumped in a whole bag of pea gravel and planted them. So far they are surviving but will see when temps hit 100 this summer.

I also plant my oregano and thyme in big pots- mostly because I hate leaning over so far to harvest but they always died when I planted in the ground. It may also be the variety- I put in a french & a lemon varigated thyme and a spicy oregano and they are starting their 2nd season this spring.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Perhaps fall planting will be the lavender success secret. I've not tried that. The only time plants are available here is in springtime.

Please let me know how it does next summer?

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

Well, except for companion planting, I'm wondering if I should put all my herbs in containers down here in 10a/b.

Charleston, SC(Zone 8b)

I don't think that is necessary unless you really wanted to. Other than the thymes and oregano I have had little success, in past years I had to because other than my raised bed that run up the side of my driveway there was no sun in great amounts other than my side patio. I found that these pots (they were very big pots) just didn't do as well. Water and soil requirements are different with each herb, plus if they are to crowded you run the risk of fungal problems and insect infestation. Lost the rosemary that was potted to spider mites yet my neighbor down the street had no problems.

This past fall we had to take down a badly damaged tree (a very big one) which opened up a huge area to the sun. It had been underplanted with a raised bed of ivy and was probably there 20 years- really had become a big mess(I did not plant that ivy) Spent DAYS cleaning that area out and digging in more organic material but was worth it- now I have a big area to plant all my herbs and put in flowers also.

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10b)

well, that's the thing - I know all these herbs have different requirements, and my back yard has eastern/southern exposure, which was why i was thinking the deep containers and figured since i'm not relying on flowers, I could even keep them on the sunny part of my patio.

ugh!

I'll have to do things trial and error, I suppose.

thanks.

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