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Summer 2020: Making Lemonade

Summer 2020:  Making Lemonade

This summer did not turn out like we were expecting!  Indoor events were canceled, masks were required, many of our plants died, what a mess!  It seemed like a mess on the surface, but really, things worked out wonderfully Some of the largest events we had signed up for were canceled, so that left us spots to fill on our schedule.  We signed up for a Sunday Farmer's Market and it has been awesome.  Our booth does well there each week, we have met some great people and made some contacts that will be helpful in the future.  We also...


Sleepy Bees Lavender Farm Spring/Summer 2019 Catch Up

Sleepy Bees Lavender Farm Spring/Summer 2019 Catch Up
The majority of our summer was spent weeding and attending craft shows, fairs, and farmers' markets.  We have met a ton of great people and made some really good business connections.  We learned so much this summer.  We are finding our niche and settling in nicely.

The Bed Shaper and the Mounds

The Bed Shaper and the Mounds
At this point in preparations we were struggling.  The weather had NOT been cooperating.  It rained almost every day for a week at the time we were supposed to be getting the manure and lime spread, so we were already about a week behind.  After going down the first row with the shaper, we ended up with a small pile, but nothing like the 12" mound we were envisioning at all.  The pile was much wider and squared off at the top, and also not packed down at all.  It turned out that the rototiller we used did not dig down far enough to bring up enough loose dirt to completely fill the bed shaper.  The plates are not height adjustable, so we had to work with the 12" that we had. 

Prepping Fields (a nice way to say Spreading Poop)

Prepping Fields (a nice way to say Spreading Poop)

           The first week of May 2018 it was finally time to get our field ready for planting.  After the soil analysis we had done back in the fall, we knew we were going to need to add lime and horse manure to our soil to make it friendly for the lavender.  We decided that even if it took more time and/or money, we were going to do everything we possibly could upfront to get these plants to survive.  We had given ourselves 2 years to make this work, but if our first plants didn't make...


It's All About the Dirt

It's All About the Dirt
It wasn't just going to be learning how to grow lavender.  The farming alone was brand new to us. We'd have to teach ourselves about soil, planting methods, watering methods and harvesting.  We were going to have to teach ourselves to make products from our lavender, and to develop our own unique recipes.  Once the products were made, we'd have to learn to package and market the products.  We'd need to learn web design so we could start a website to sell the things we made.  We were going to have to learn beekeeping.  There were also many other things that would come up along the way that never even crossed our minds.
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