How to Bundle Fresh Lavender Stems

Lavender is coming on strong at Hauser Creek Farm. Some days I catch myself just listening to the din of bees, busy at work in the blooms. At market this past Saturday, I took a big basket of loose lavender stems en bulk. Some folks seemed to enjoy the opportunity to buy a little or a lot, depending on mood. Regardless of the amount, bringing lavender indoors adds a whole other dimension to its beauty. Generally, once the stems come under the clippers, I bunch them up into bundles and then hang them upside down to dry in our barn. The bundling process is simple: First, grab a handful of stems. A rule of thumb is to look at your wrist and then fashion a bundle a little smaller than that. Some references suggest no more than 100 stems per bundle (to prevent mold from developing). Holding the lavender bundle in one hand, take a rubber band and wrap it 3 to 4 times around the stem ends. The advantage to using rubber bands is, over time, as the stems dry they shrink, and so does the rubber band. Of course, there are other methods to bundling lavender, but the rubber band technique is my favorite. Once bundled, lavender can be hung in any room in your house or placed in a vase. Let the fragrance of fresh lavender fill your home!