Seed - Plant - Share is part of my ongoing research into harvesting natural dye pigments from plants. Thank you to Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scotland's Climate Festival Seed Funds grant to start me off on my dye garden journey. https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/news/
This page will keep updating to document my seedlings growing, harvested and shared.
Germinating my seeds.
Seeds to seedlings
Dyer's Woad Isatis tinctoria (Blue)
I started the seeds in seed trays and pots and just waiting for them to feel hardy enough to handle before planting out.I have several seedlings growing at several stages.
Dyer's Chamomile - Anthemis tinctorial (Yellow)
I started my seeds in pots in my studio in early March and once they were strong enough to handle and the last of the frosts had past I planted them in larger pots and placed outdoors to grow a bit stronger before digging into the dye bed .
Madder Rhizomes Rubia tinctorum (Red)
I planted 12 Madder Rhizomes in a bed all to themselves, I have enclosed them in a recycled cold frame. They are beginning to grow green leafy shoots. This is one for the long haul, it takes at least three to four years before the roots swell to yield a good dye harvest.