A peek into this year's experiments with flax growing.
Soil, light, timing, and water conditions identical (or as much as they can be two feet apart). On the left the flax is inconsistent, some tall some short, some thick, others thin. Very unsatisfying.
On the right, the flax is about a foot taller and very consistent.
Between the two, the one on the right is the result of my breeding project and the one on the left is a popular cultivar of fibre flax - the best out there at the moment.
I have learned so much from growing my own flax. Small patches beside each other like these, where one variable is changed have been the biggest source of knowledge. But also patches scattered throughout the farm. Different microclimates do better with different techniques. There's no one right way to grow flax.