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Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby sally » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:08 pm

Jenny Dean has a nicely written up experimentation on AS dyes on her blog at the moment, worth following if you are interested in such things
http://www.jennydean.co.uk/wordpress/?p=888



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby FionaDowson » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:00 pm

Has anyone tried growing dye herbs, madder, woad etc

Shall I make the joke about growing madder now, just to get it over with? It's a safe bet we all are :lol:



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby sally » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:19 pm

yes, many people on here grow dyes and other herbs. Have to confess that my own garden is neck deep in weeds these days though, just not getting much time to garden as I'd wish.



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby Medicus Matt » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:56 pm

The whole front garden is a herbarium with dye plants taking up about a third.
Won't grow woad again though. Bloody awful stuff. Ruins the soil.


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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby SteveC » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:12 am

Our woad died (not dyed!)
What did it do to the soil? (So I know whether to bother again)



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby sally » Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:58 pm

woad is known to be quite 'hungry' so some soils need extra help. I've had mixed success with it over the years, some years it grows like a weed, some years I can't get it established. Haven't had any in the garden for a few years now but will again as soon as I have time to prepare a patch



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby Medicus Matt » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:07 pm

It needs a very alkaline soil and then feeding with bone meal for nitrogen. If you have an acid soil it'll do b**ger all unless you put a lot of lime into it.

It needs rotating as well and the patch you've grown it in will need some heavy feeding and leaving for a year before you put anything else into it.


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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby sally » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:27 pm

yep, we're on acid soil here so I put the mostly spent lye ashes from soap-making on the plot to sort the alkalinity out the winter before planting woad, plus a good dollop of compost. Really must find time to prep the plot again, I have a dustbin full of spent ashes sitting soggily out the back



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Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Postby SteveC » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:50 pm

Medicus Matt wrote:It needs a very alkaline soil and then feeding with bone meal for nitrogen. If you have an acid soil it'll do b**ger all unless you put a lot of lime into it.


That might be the problem then. We're just on the acid side of neutral (camellias do well round here and we have an azalea and a rhododendron which do fairly nicely).
Will bear that in mind if we have another go sometime.
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