Chappell Hill Lavender Farm

Today was our first field trip of the new school year and Alex has been excited to go all week long.  The drought has caused wide-spread damage all across Texas, and sadly we have seen and heard about the significant loss of crops this year, although we have been very lucky to still find some wonderful fruits and vegetables at our local farmer’s market.  We were thrilled to hear that lavender was finally in bloom at the Lavender Farm in Chappell Hill, Texas, and Granny and “Grandma” Cheryl wanted to cut some fresh-from-the-farm lavender and asked Alex and I if we’d like to join them.  What a treat!  It’s a two hour drive from Austin out to Chappell Hill, but we had nice weather (thank goodness for air conditioning in August) and we got to see some beautiful country along the way.  We arrived back home with plenty of little lavender goodies and a few pictures to share.

Yes, they are really sharp scissors, and yes, he almost cut off a finger (on the grannies, not himself)

Alex putting his first cuttings into the basket

Of course he brought his backpack with all of his science tools (so he could look for bugs, of course)

I think the conversation went something like this: “Are you sure we have to do this?  Do you think anyone is watching?” “Yes, granny, wave your arms like this.  Come on, fly like a butterfly!”

Lavender is already hanging to dry at home this evening

Do You Drink Coffee?

If you make your own, then save your coffee grounds!  Here are a few earth-friendly ways to dispose of them:

  • Sprinkle around garden beds and plants before watering for a slow-release source of nitrogen
  • Mix into new soil for gardens or plants
  • Add to your compost pile (if, of course, you have one) along with the filter and/or tea bags (they break down quickly when composting)
  • Mix with water for liquid fertilizer
  • And worms love coffee grounds too, so be sure to share with them

Despite the heat and severe drought we are experiencing in Texas right now, my herbs are growing beautifully, and have become bigger and a deeper green with the addition of my daily coffee grounds.  A necessary start to my day just become even less of a guilty pleasure now that I can responsibly “recycle” what’s left behind!