Grow your own natural dye garden

 

It's a grey and slushy February day here in Toronto, and so I'm indulging in a little daydreaming about warmer days to come, and the dye garden that I'll grow.  It may seem early for such things, but some plants do best if begun 6-8 weeks before the last frost, and for some of you, that means soon (lucky!).  

I'm excited to say that we've expanded our range of dye plant seeds, so that you can grow a full range of colours in your very own garden, and we've just listed them all online.

Some need to be started indoors, like the Japanese Indigo, while others can be direct seeded any time spring through fall, like the Madder.  A few of them are very hardy and should grow like weeds (Coreopsis and Woad), even if you don't have a green thumb.  Some of them will even produce more than one dye colour (the humble Safflower!)  And most importantly, they are all known, excellent and colourfast dyestuffs, the only exception being the Black Hollyhock, which is not as colourfast as the rest, but I included it anyways as it gives stunning blooms (many people grow hollyhock as a decorative plant, of course) and those blooms can be great fun to play with for eco-printing.

More information about each plant, including germination rates and hardiness zones, as well as the colours they produce, can be found on each individual product page.

And if you're ready to grow a whole dye garden - you can buy a bundle of all six seeds and save 15%

As always, if you are shopping from the US, the shipping rates are better if you purchase through Etsy, and if you're shopping from Canada, you're better off on my own site.

I can't wait to see what you all grow!

 


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