It has been a crazy Spring on the Farm. Mother Nature seems to be unaware that our lavender plants do not need the ground to be this wet. We did a quick check with the National Weather Service and they show us receiving 15-20 inches of rain over the past three months! Check out the map below. The blue dot marks the farm:
For some context: a lavender plant requires only 9-12 inches of rain per year. This is why we worked hard to alter our soil and make sure we were prepared for the Spring rains we get every year. On top of the rain we also had several tornados touch down around Washburn during the last week of April. Thankfully, our Farm was not hit at all. We are, of course, keeping our thoughts and prayers with some of our neighbors who were not so lucky. This was our Farm Dog's, Coleman's, first time in our tornado shelter. He did a great job getting in and out of the shelter; nothing like an actual emergency to get him down there for the first time.
Now that the sun has finally come out and the warm winds have picked up, the ground is finally drying and our plants are spiking! We are so excited to start seeing our lavender buds which will come out just in time for our Festival!
Speaking of the Festival, we are so excited for our First Annual Fun in the Field Lavender Festival. It has been so great to see so many of you at festivals and markets who are getting excited to come to the farm. Make sure you check out the Facebook event post to follow some of the vendors who will be there. We are busy making lots of products for you to check out when you get here. It's going to be a great day and we can't wait to see you all on the Farm.
Lastly, it wouldn't be an official Simplicity Lavender Farm blog post without a mention of the wild animal kingdom we live in. We always hear animals on the Farm - cows, coyotes, birds, dogs, horses, even donkeys. But, we've never had this happen before:
Yes, those are bird eggs on our truck. Starlings were trying to make nests in the truck and we certainly didn't want that. So, we put a cloth over the hole they were going in to try to block them. Apparently the starlings saw it as a hassle-free nest and decided to lay their eggs. Rick has had to relocate several nests out of the truck and into nearby trees. We're hoping those momma birds found their eggs! It's always an adventure on the Farm.
Thanks for taking the time to read. We are excited to start sharing more and more with you all. We are anticipating sharing a new post every other Monday, so stay tuned to our website and our social media pages for new updates. Of course, we'll continue to share regular updates on our social media feeds.
Have a wonderful week and take some time to care of yourself!