Carla Coleman wrote:Lovely video, Raven with lots of good information in it. Thank you for sharing it. I've one question about the rhetting (spelling?) - if you soak the flax in a container what do you do with the water when it is done? In the video they said something about an advantage to the dew method is not having to dispose of the water the flax was soaked in . . . you can't just dump it on the ground? Is it harmful to plants, animals or people? I do have a pond on my property but it is spring fed without an outlet so if rhetting the flax turns the water noxious I definitely wouldn't want to use the pond.
I don't water ret because of the toxins it produces. It's a strong anaerobic (air-hateing) process. Like making compost tea, but without aeration. The wastewater from retting kills my grass when diluted 10:1. I also don't like it because it's so fussy. It takes a lot of human attention. It needs to be checked several times a day for doneness and if you miss it by a few hours, you can lose a lot of fibre quality.
Whereas dew retting may take longer, but it takes far less human time. If you forget it for a few days, it will forgive you. The fibres will probably just get better (as I always bring mine in a few days too soon).