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September 5, 2015 / Burgess Park Food Project

Herb Tuesdays’ taster sessions

Our taster sessions have been fun. Along with herbal remedy workshops with Amanda Rew, we’ve enjoyed a plant dyeing workshop with Diane Sullock of Brockwell Greenhouses, and a swift introduction to permaculture with Kevin Mascarenhas of Natural Flow.

It’s been really enjoyable, and a great way to learn more about plants in the garden and how we can use them.

We still have a jam / chutney making workshop to come and more tbc.

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Introducing the plants and their dyes.

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Weld – green / woad -blue, & mix together to make lincoln green for merry men? Purple hollyhocks – deep blue /purple, onion skins -yellow, madder -deep pink, indigo – blue. We also had logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum – a tropical hardwood) that made a deep, deep purple

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Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

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Trial sticks ready to be cooked. Soaking in the mordant.

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Weld (Reseda luteola)

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Success!

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Cotton bags dyed.

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Was the permaculture session inspirational?  But yes, it was a bit wet.

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Managed to find a large umbrella so we could stand around the compost bins.

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Luckily a good lunch was had by all.

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