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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dye Plants Are Growing: Make it From Scratch Gardening

Hi everybody, 

Today I thought we'd check in on the natural dye plants. Here's what I planted:

Pink dye 

Hollyhocks: These come up every year in my yard, so I didn't do anything to plant them. They are growing happily without any interference from me. 

Red dye 

Madder: I planted 5 seedlings in a sunny spot. It's supposed to take 3 years to grow big enough roots to harvest for dye purposes, but I'll be checking in on them before then! In the photo below is a little madder plant, surrounded by wood chips. So far, they all seem happy. 

Onion: Planted with vegetables.

Yellow dye 

Dyer's Chamomile: Planted in a flower bed. In the photo below, it's the ferny looking plant.

Marigolds: Planted in the middle of the vegetables.

Onion: (can be used to make red or yellow dye) Planted with vegetables.

Rosemary: Planted in a large pot.

Rhubarb: This already grows in my garden, with the strawberries and asparagus. The only thing I have to do is cut off the flower stalks when they grow. Otherwise, it doesn't need any attention from me. The large-leafed plant in the center of the photo is the rhubarb. The rest of the visible plants are mostly strawberries and potatoes.

Sunflowers: Planted near the fence with corn, pumpkins, squash, and melons.

Thyme: Growing near the vegetable beds.  

Zinnias: Planted in the flower beds.

Green dye

Celery: Planted with the vegetables.

Marigolds: I planted seeds among my vegetables. I may buy a couple larger plants from a nursery if they don't take off soon. Marigolds are nice companions to vegetables as they attract pollinators to the garden bed. They also repel some harmful-to-vegetables insects, helping to keep the plants healthy. You can plant them in between vegetable plants and they'll brighten up your garden and help the other plants.

Rosemary: Planted in a large pot outside (the one on the right). These pots don't look that nice, but they've served me well for several years. As they continue to break down and get bigger holes in them, maybe I'll replace them with better-looking pots. I know it will be worth it, since I've used them so many times. 

Blue dye

I planted three right in my vegetable garden and one plant in its own large pot. I'll see what works better. 

Pansies: Planted in my flower beds.

Red cabbage: Planted in the vegetable garden.

Purple dye

Pansies: Planted in flower beds. 

Sunflowers: Planted along with good companion plants: corn, pumpkins, squash, and melons.

Above, you can see my three vegetable beds. The one on the right has been overrun by strawberries! It's great to have tons of strawberries, but I actually remove some every year so I have room to plant other things in that bed. 

So far I think everything has survived being transplanted. If anything dies at this point, I will probably buy plants at a nursery since it's too late to start from seeds again (for many things). 

How are your gardens doing?


  1. hi, where r u on Bloglovin?Debra/mass Island

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