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Lavender Harvest

Yesterday I harvested some of my dad’s beautiful lavender (Lavandula angustifolia “Hidcote Blue’). This lavender smells delicious and looks even better this year than last year (click here to see my harvest from last year). My dad said he cut back the plant pretty aggressively after the blooms were done last season which may account for the overflowing flowers this year. It was a bit challenging harvesting without disturbing the hundreds of honey bees visiting the lavender. I definitely need this lavender in my garden!

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Easy Garden Project: DIY Bee Bath

Yesterday I made a bee bath for the bees in my garden. Bees need water but they also need a safe place to land while they drink. Make this easy bee bath to encourage the bees to stay in your garden!
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Find a shallow plate with a little lip and clean it out. I used a pot saucer. Fill it with marbles and or rocks. DSC_2523 DSC_2524

Fill the plate with water making sure to leave some of the rocks uncovered. I filled mine quite high because it is so hot in Sacramento that I am sure the water will evaporate quickly. DSC_2525

Add a space astronaut to greet the bees.

DSC_2526Add your new bee bath to your garden somewhere the bees like to gather. I think I am going to put my under the Rudbeckia and in the shade so the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly. Done and done!