Let's Get Caught Up!

Let's Get Caught Up!

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Written by Holly McCabe
Hi Lavender Lovers!    I apologize for being so unreliable about posting on this blog.  It seems ...
Things Are Warming Up At Sleepy Bees!

Things Are Warming Up At Sleepy Bees!

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Written by Holly McCabe
Spring sure didn't hang around long!  The heat is here already and seems like it has settled in t...
Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

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Written by Holly McCabe
Finally!  Spring is here.  For some reason, this past Winter seemed like it would never end.  Not...
Summer 2020:  Making Lemonade

Summer 2020: Making Lemonade

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Written by Holly McCabe
This summer did not turn out like we were expecting!  Indoor events were canceled, masks were req...
The Bed Shaper and the Mounds

The Bed Shaper and the Mounds

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Written by Holly McCabe
At this point in preparations we were struggling.  The weather had NOT been cooperating.  It rained almost every day for a week at the time we were supposed to be getting the manure and lime spread, so we were already about a week behind.  After going down the first row with the shaper, we ended up with a small pile, but nothing like the 12" mound we were envisioning at all.  The pile was much wider and squared off at the top, and also not packed down at all.  It turned out that the rototiller we used did not dig down far enough to bring up enough loose dirt to completely fill the bed shaper.  The plates are not height adjustable, so we had to work with the 12" that we had. 
Time to Order Some Plants

Time to Order Some Plants

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Written by Holly McCabe
According to the US Lavender Grower's Association, there are over 45 different species of lavender with over 450 varieties.  To decide which would be the best variety for us, we needed to do a lot of research on which types would grow best in our climate, produce the most essential oil (for use in products we'd be making), be good for culinary use, and of course look and smell amazing  both fresh and dried.  That's not too much to ask of one flower, is it?
Sleepy Bee Lavender Farm- A Little History- Part 1

Sleepy Bee Lavender Farm- A Little History- Part 1

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Written by Holly McCabe

We are Jerry and Holly McCabe, and we want to share our experiences (both the successes and the failures) as we learn the ins and outs of creating a lavender and honey farm.  We are learning as we go. We have literally no experience with farming or raising bees,  so it should prove interesting.