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