Yesterday friends sent me a photo of THEIR harvest…
My harvest is a little different. I’m gathering leaves from nearby trees. Some go right into a dye pot. Others are drying so they can be used this winter. White ash for a tannin pre-dip. Black walnut for a golden “backyard yellow.” And marigolds and coreopsis for a wonderful orangey gold.
And, I’ve planted a few plants that are just for dyeing…I have madder plants. And, I just set seeds of alkanet, St. John’s Wort and woodruff. The last three came from an online herbalist…they should give a red color. Time will tell.
It’s ironic that my friends sent me a picture of their RED harvest. That’s the color that I haven’t found locally. Lots of yellow. Indigo works beautifully for blues. But red? So, far that comes from far-faraway backyard.
What garden can be complete without tomatoes…I do have those, too. My cherry tomatoes have ripened. But somehow those tomatoes never make it into the kitchen!!