Farming In The Winter
After the holiday rush (our peak season) our operation has changed from one of intense wreath production to a time of reflection and planning. We continue to ship winter wreaths and are designing for not only spring, but for fall and holiday 2012.
Our production is gearing up for Valentine’s Day, yet our fields require little attention. All of the herbs are dormant and waiting for spring to begin blooming. Our newest lavender plants, planted in the fall of 2011, appear to be doing well. Our lavender field planted last spring (shown below) is thriving. We actually harvested a few hundred bunches of lavender from it during the late summer and early fall. It is mainly planted with lavandula angustifolia “Purple Bouquet”. We love the deep, rich color it adds to our wreaths.
We have been weeding our fields when necessary but with the lack of rain, this task has been minimal in comparison to years past. While the dry winter has helped keep the weeds away, we had to water in early January for the first time in many years. We are looking forward to some rain and a nice spring.