Our dye garden is a patch of waste ground and we’ve had a few challenges with the site. These have mainly involved rubbish (a fine crop of crisp packets and takeaway containers have been dug up) and sycamore shoots that needed removing. Our raised beds are going in and we’ve snatched the moments between snow storms and torrential rain showers to continue weeding.
Our first group of gardeners seems to be undaunted by this and is keen to get going.
This is wool compost, kindly donated to the project by Dalefoot Composts. There is a nice circularity in using a by-product of the wool industry to grow our seedlings, which we will then use to dye our wool. This product is made from renewable resources, is peat free, and is made using a traditional recipe.
We’ve planted our indigo seeds, and our first horticulture session with Bradford Community Environment Project will happen later in the week. Looking forward to showing some green shoots very soon.