We grew a five foot circle of flax this winter in the center of our yard. When it came time to harvest said flax I pondered creating the world’s smallest piece of linen. Lacking the time for that process, I opted to simply harvest the seeds.
I used a block of coconut coir to smash the seed heads against a piece of newspaper.
Next came time for winnowing the flax. I used a fan and had to winnow multiple times to get the chaff out.
Alas, there was still quite a bit of chaff. Remembering that I had some 1/8 inch hardware cloth in the garage, I used it to screen out most of the last chaffy bits. You can buy expensive screens for processing seeds, but the amortization on that equipment would take years for our tiny garden.
A huge mess was made. Good thing Kelly is off camping.
In the end I managed to harvest nine ounces of flax seeds. Plans for a flax oil pressing fest were canceled.
Meanwhile, as yet unnamed new kitten ponders the absurdity of the world’s smallest flax seed harvest from her pillow perch.