Welcome to Nordic Lavender!

My name is Mattias, but you may know me as Matt – The Gardener. I am here to help you learn about the best gardening methods and techniques for your home garden.

Our articles and guides are based on actual projects in our garden. And we like to think that this makes Nordic Lavender different from most other online gardening resources.

I have been gardening for 30+ years and want to show you how to grow, care for, and harvest herbs and garden vegetables. My experience is rooted in gardening in a four-season climate (zone 7). Many techniques and gardening tips are universal but may be best suited for zones 4-8.

I draw on years of gardening experience and knowledge from gardening courses and training programs by, for example, Hemmaodlat at SLU, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the National Gardening Association. If pressed, I would confidently label myself an expert home gardener.

Sage variety Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ is one of many sage varieties grown from seed.

We start herbs and vegetables from seeds and cuttings with a focus on using grow bags, pots, containers, and raised garden beds.

We are also firm believers in DIY and using what you have. Successful larger DIY projects include making DIY grow bags to save money, building your own raised garden beds from scratch, and making DIY hydroponic grow systems.

Beautifully ripening Stuffed Striper beefsteak tomatoes (photo taken 7 July)
Stuffed Striper beefsteak tomatoes started from seed

But we also share smaller versions of DIY projects, like how to build a fungus gnat trap using an empty plastic bottle and apple cider vinegar.

Important to give back and attract pollinators to garden
Flowers help attract pollinators to herb and vegetable garden

As gardening plays a big part in my life, I may also include tips about lawn care, flowers, shrubs, trees, and bushes. You want a diverse growing space that attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects.

You can also find us on YouTube

Our YouTube channel offers easy-to-follow video tutorials that will help get you started.

Find our YouTube channel by clicking this link: “Youtube.com/NordicLavender“.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

More about us

We are avid gardeners and have generations of knowledge and expertise to share.

Gardening and, in particular, growing herbs and vegetables from seeds is our main passion.

Thai basil grown from seed
Fragrant Thai Basil grows prolifically in the summer months.

Most global plant hardiness zone maps place us in hardiness zone 7 (worldwide USDA hardiness zone 7a/7b). But we are firm believers in “growth zone hacking.” Using combinations of indoor and outdoor spaces, we, for example, grow ginger and turmeric. This is just one of many advantages of container gardening, where we can use pots, grow bags, and containers to our advantage.

But if we listen to Roger D. Magarey (Ph. D) from North Carolina State University all hardiness zones could soon change. 

We never stop learning about a particular herb or vegetable. There is always more to learn. Our how-to tutorials are continually updated with our findings, and we always try to include details such as the type of pot and soil used.

Daisy the ragdoll helping with gardening
Ragdolls make the best company in the garden.

You will also find buying guides on what and where to buy the best gardening gear to help you create your perfect garden. 

Almost all photos on our website come from one of our gardens. You must contact us for permission before using any of our images.

We look forward to seeing you on Nordic Lavender!

Mattias, aka “Matt – The Gardener”
Writer & Chief Planter