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

Saving Dye Seeds: Japanese Indigo

              Those of you who planted Japanese indigo (Polygonum tinctorium) in the early spring have most likely found your plants are flowering, or getting ready to flower–especially if you are growing the early-flowering round-leaved variety I have for sale on Etsy. In … Read More

Fall Fun: Saving Dye Seeds (the Basics) …Coreopsis, Cosmos, and Bidens

            Where I live, the light has started to shift… the forest smells different, and even though the days are warm, there is a nip to the morning air. Squirrels are starting to scurry through the oak leaves gathering acorns, and the honeybees … Read More