|A sunflower from my dyed garden. Ready to be harvested.|
So my plan for the spring was to build a dye garden so I could collect flowers for natural dying yarn and fibers. Well, things didn't go as planned. I dug (well the husband helped) a spot on the side of out house for the garden. There was a regular plant and flower garden in that spot just not the kind used for dying. I dug up the dye garden spot later in the season then I planned, lets say sometime in June.
I had planned out where each type of flower would go but when I went to get seeds at a local flower place they didn't have what I wanted so I picked up substitutes. Insead of planning where the new types of seed would go I just looked at what was tall and layed out those seeds in the back and the shorter ones in the front. Next year I may have to order some seeds so I have what I want.
|The first sprouts in my dye garden.|
The flowers finally started to grow but didn't bloom as much as I thought they would. I didn't get as many blossoms as I hoped but got some. The sunflowers did the best. I also got cosmos and a few marigolds. The black-eyed Susan's didn't do well at all. There are a few sunflowers, cosmos and marigolds left that I will be harvesting on Sunday. Then there are a few that I forgot to cut. It is best to gather your blossoms when they are at full peak which I didn't always do.
|The current state of my dye garden.|
I am going to freeze the flowers to use when I get enough to dye some fibers. That may just be after next harvest season. You need a lot of flowers to dye only a little bit of fiber. I have however been saving my avocado skins and pit for dying. I have also been collecting bark from my birch trees. I will let you know how things turn out when I use the avocado and birch bark for dying. What natural dying have you done? Let a comment (with a link if so) I would like to know.