Feedback Friday April 3 - Shared screen with speaker view
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If you have questions based on what they are saying, let me know! I’ll try to sneak them in…
can you plant in pots? I only have an apartment deck space.
What is Milisa growing for the CSA?
Laura Berkowitz Gilbert
How close do you plant the seedlings? I’m planting indigo.
are there certain species more suited to growing in big containers
in a small space 3 x 3 ft grow bag - which dye plants work well together? Is there a way to plant plants that grow at different times in the season?
what Milisa is growing: https://plantworkshop.co/collections/pws/products/csa-membership
Is Weld invasive in the MidWest US?
see all your questions :)
i have marigold dried from last summer…. are they too old to dye with?
How to mordant: https://botanicalcolors.com/how-to-mordant/
is it better to dye with fresh (alive or fresh cut) foraged dye stuff or plants or dried?
Brece you should answer this!
I am considering growing comfrey for dye. I have a slope that is currently invaded by raspberry and wild grass. What do I need to do to prepare the soil to plant comfrey there?
Many vegetable offer dyes from the un-used portion, such as Rhubarb leaves or carrot and beet tops.
amazing! I have a lil backyard so will be inside / outside / fire escape
Other than marigolds, what can I grow at 9000ft with 7=/-
Comfrey is invasive in the upper midwest of US. Don’t know where you are located, Gretchen L. It grows very easily.
I got a ton of marigold blossoms from a small space
+/- frost free days and very dry?
joanhunn I am in New England
As far as dyeing with fresh vs dried. I do both. If you can use the flowers the day you gather them, that is good. If you cannot use them, it is good to freeze them or dry them. If your question is what is the intensity of the color fresh vs dried, I am not sure that I can answer that.
Thanks Brece! That answers it :)
Re fresh vs dried, for eco printing I use both. For the leaves, seems to matter more when I gathered it than how long they’ve been sitting dry in my basement. In my experience, flowers seem to lose their “juice” over time.
seems like deep rooted things like weld and woad are least suited to container culture, where things with easy rooting stems/bases might be best suited (Persicaria, chamomile, coreopsis, marigold)
Thanks Brece! Brece is @onacolonialfarm on Instagram to keep following her eco-printing
Here is an article on growing a dye garden in Australia: http://theplanthunter.com/au/gardens/growing-dye-garden/
season extension techniques (cold frames, mini hoop houses/greenhouses, floating row cover) will help with folks growing at high elevations and colder climates. it’s good to have heat for seed germinating, but once plants are growing, they can withstand temps in the 40F-50F range for brief times. i set my persicaria plants out in late april here in Portland, with floating row cover for protection.
Sasha Duerr’s new book is out this month too on this! http://www.sashaduerr.com/books
Here is an open source resource list https://www.are.na/cara-piazza/natural-dye-resources Please feel free to add!
Laura Berkowitz Gilbert
I bought indigo seeds while in Japan - the package says Polygonum Tinctorium - is that the same as Persicaria Tinctoria?
madder is related to lady’s bedstraw, that i used to grow outside my deer fencing and the deer didn’t bother that. i’d try it. the “stickiness” of the stems and leaves might deter deer.
does anyone know of any natural dye growing farms/gardens that take volunteers or internships?
random question… for the 3-2-1 indigo vat. is it by volume or by weight?
One more question! So if I grow madder in a pot can I leave it out during the winter (New England winter) or can I bring it indoors and keep it in a dark basement?
I’M TAKING IT!
Do you work with any of the Fibershed chapters?
So nice meeting ya’ll! Have to hop into another! xx
I run the Southeastern New England Fibershed Caitlin!
Thank you this was great. We are all blessed to have handwork and gardens during this crazy time Be Well
Thank you! xo
This is so wonderful. Thank you so much! So excited for the next Feedback Fridays!