|A June photo of flax flowers, forming seed pods, and marigolds.|
One of the new things I planted this year was flax. Sometimes fiber artists grow it for the fiber to make linen; I grew it for the seed. Not for us, mind you; I don't care for flax no matter how much Omega-3 essential fatty acids it contains, I don't like the taste. I grew the seed for the chickens and goats.
|Dried flax seed pods|
After making a bed of beautiful, tiny blue flowers all summer, it was ready to harvest when most of the plants were dried and brown. Like many other things, all the pods aren't ready to harvest at the same time, but I wanted to get most of them before the pods shattered and scattered their seed onto the ground.
Still to come will be the job of threshing, although I may see what the goats think of them pods and all. They enjoy the cowpea pods and the extra roughage is healthy for them.
I planted one packet of seed which was enough for one bed, about 3 or 4 feet by 16 feet. Like other things, I consider this first harvest to be a seed crop. I'll save it to plant next year for a larger harvest. Eventually I'll figure out how much I need to plant to have a year's worth plus seed for sowing.