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Growing Lavender
Lavenders native soils are nutritionally poor, rocky and arid.
Lavender likes a PH of 6.5 to 7.5. PH test kits are available at your home improvement stores You can  use lime to raise PH or compost and manure to lower PH.
Lavender must be well drained, it doesn't like wet feet. Mounding promotes good drainage, also a layer of rocks about 16” below the plant is good.
Lavender needs 6 to 8 hours of full sun at a minimum per day.
Good air circulation helps to dry the plant and prevent fungal infection. Leave at least 3 to 4 feet open all around your plant.
Crushed oyster shells around the plant will slowly add lime to the soil, help keep weeds down and reflect light and heat up through the plant. This allows the plant to dry out and improves plant health and production. Sand around the base of the plant will also reflect light and heat up through the plant.
Deer and Bunnies may nibble but generally they don't like the taste of Lavender. Spittle Bugs will appear in the spring and disappear in a few weeks without doing significant damage. Grasshoppers will nibble young tender spikes and cause you to have bent stems on your Lavender.
We recommend ¼ cup of bone meal or rock phosphate below your plant in the hole mixed with your soil and organic matter. Make sure to tap down dirt and not allow any air pockets. Then plant your plant and tap down again avoiding air pockets. Leave the crown of the plant just above ground level. Then cover with crushed oyster shells.
Give your newly planted Lavender plant a good drink when first planted about 12 to 16 oz of water. Then only water when it has had time to dry out. Lavender will wilt when it needs water but it will also wilt if it has too much water. After your plant is happy in it's new home for a couple or few weeks give it a haircut trimming it to encourage it to get bushy and full.