Woad Sowing Time Again!

Written by [email protected] on March 16, 2017 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

Wherever you are in the world, when the daffodils start flowering, that is the time to sow the woad seeds for the coming years blue harvest.

It is a good idea to select a few good plants to allow to go to seed for next years sowing and to remove all the other woad plants before the seeds engulf your neighbourhood and beyond. Woad is classified as an invasive plant in some areas. Leave the culled plants to dry a little before adding them to your compost heap.

This is one of the three sturdiest plants I selected to grow the seeds for next year.

Last years seeds ready for sowing. Sow the seed, thinly spaced, in shallow drills directly outdoors. Lightly cover with soil and water well. Easy to grow, Woad germinates in 1 to 2 weeks. Woad blue is on its way! I should be able to use this woad by late June and it will definitely be ready for use in the natural dye workshop in August.

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