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Flax, Marilyn

Great Lakes Staple Seeds


Regular price $3.00
Flax; Marilyn; L. usitatissimum; Linseed;

Sold out for the season - please check back in the Fall.

(Linum usitatissimum); aka linseed; "Marilyn"; Minimum 3 grams of seed

Brown seeded flax is more commonly associated with fiber production yet is equally suited for a nutritious seed harvest. Home-grown flaxseeds are used for the same purpose(s) as commercially grown seed without the worry of how the plants were grown. We direct seeded the small seeds in early June and made several harvests of the dry seed heads through out the fall. Tight spacing results in a delightful blanket of airy blue blossoms and encourages the taller, straighter plants desirable for linen.  Right before frost we harvested the plants whole by gently pulling them from the soil, removing any remaining pods before bundling and hanging them to dry.

Having taken the "Straw into Gold - Making Linen" class by traditional artisans Tom and Joanne Blodgett offered through Tillers International, someday when the project list slows we will try our hand at retting and processing the flax for linen.

 

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