I know, the year has not even ended and I am thinking about a Spring Dye Garden. To be fair to me, January is National Seed Catalog Month. I have just under 2 acres of land around my home, however much of that is either forest or too hilly to be useful for planting. Fortunately I have 2 raised beds in the back of the house and one large raised bed facing the front of the house. Throughout these past few years the beds have gone to seed. I intend to put down some material that is supposed to deter weeds and cut around the few plants that I want to keep. Then I intend to make some cement blocks, with inlaid glass designs on top, to hold down the material as well as further deterring weeds. The cement blocks will also be a great base for the pots that I hope to use so that I can plant a dye garden out front. I also hope that creating cement blocks is truly as easy of a craft as it seems so that I can use that as a craft at the public library I work at next year.
To get an idea of what plants I want to put in my dye garden I am researching using several resources. From Knitpicks I purchased The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes by Sasha Duerr. So far I find it to be a fascinating resource that will help me a great deal toward understanding how to create dyes from plant materials. I also purchased A Garden to Dye For through the Amazon Kindle Store. These should give me a really good basis for understanding what plants I am going to need. I am also trying to figure out what plants are native to my area of the USA so that I can avoid planting invasive species in my area.
In my two back beds I do hope to plant some vegetables. Cherry tomatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, spaghetti squash, and perhaps some others. Again, I do plan on deterring the weeds and utilizing planters to create a garden with reasonable maintenance needs.
I firmly believe that this is going to take me several months, both to figure out what plants are good for dyeing and native (or at least not destructive) to my environment. I would love to plant some cotton or flax but the reality is I am a little too far north for that to be a realistic dream.
So, I will keep dreaming, planning, and crafting.
Happy Crafting to All!