Hi there! I am growing several different varieties of beans from seeds that Krista gave me, and flax as well. I've grown scarlet runners, yin-yang, and cranberry beans so I think I know how to grow and when to harvest the beans. Flax, however, is a different story! I believe that the seeds are in the little round seed pods and are harvested once the plant is dry, kind of like beans... am I correct?
My goodness, flax flowers are just so beautiful!!!!
Any pointers as to correctly harvesting and processing flax seeds???
As to processing beans - if I may share my experiences on this... I've tried drying beans in the past. They get dry enough, but storing them here with all the ambient moisture causes them to re-hydrate and then mold! Rats! My recommendation is to can them using an approved recipe and a pressure canner.
Has anyone else had success in the long term storage of dried beans?
Flax - well, we rigged up a cover for the flax so we could water the beans without the flax getting wet - that seemed to work! Except I sure miss their lovely blue flowers!!! Last weekend I pulled up all the flax and put it, stems and all, in paperbags to store in the upper part of our workshop, along with garlic, onions, and beans that had already dried enough on the vine for me to harvest.
At some point I will need to dance on it on a concrete floor???? Hmmm.
Then get a fan to winnow out the seeds from the chaff, right?
I hope I'm on the right track!