Making the Most of Your Homegrown Indigo Part 1: Growing Japanese Indigo

  The ability to extract indigo pigment from any indigo-producing plant species relies on the presence of a single chemical compound, indican, produced within the cells of the plant’s leaves. Indican is the indigo pigment precursor, and is produced within the leaves of over 100 different species of … Read More

Planting Madder: Strategies for a Continued Harvest

  I arrived home from South East Asia to find that spring had sprung in Santa Cruz while we were away–all the fruit trees are blooming, the daffodils, narcissus, and ranunculus are cheerily lighting up the yard, and the bees are taking every chance to gather boatloads of … Read More