This month at the Dorset Lavender Farm Project we have been letting our Lavender harvest dry to be able to collect the grains. We’ve used the grains in our Lavender Bags for our next events, or selling to people wishing to do their own craft projects with them. We’ve been also collecting Lavender Seeds to grow our next batch of Own Seed Lavender pots. We’ve finally harvested our pumpkins and squash and some of our volunteers have crafted frighteningly funny Hallowe’en creations.
We have been weeding our Lavender beds in our barnyard and the nettles at the back of our cabin as well as maintaining the hedge at the front of our plot so our path and entrance aren’t encroached upon.
Although the temperature has been dropping wildlife sightings haven’t. We spotted a Kestrel recently and keep our resident Robins well catered for with shortbread biscuit crumbs!
We had a successful day out with our stall at Spetisbury Apple Day on the 5th October with a selection of Lavender varieties from our farm. Our newest variety ‘Little Lady’ proved popular due to its convenient smaller size for a pop of colour in people’s gardens. It was also a good chance to network and meet other local organisations and vendors such as wildlife rescues and craft stalls including Wicker weavers and ornate painted stones.
We had a great day out at Minterne Magna Gardens, where the autumnal colours were spectacular and a bakers dozen of volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch inside the house.
We look forward into November when preparations for Christmas will begin including Thursday Morning Christmas Card Making Workshops.