How to Grow Flax Seed

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Flax seed is easy to grow when fresh seeds are sprinkled in a container, covered with soil and allowed to germinate for up to 120 days. Grow flax seed to reap its nutritional benefits with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing food.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I want to talk about how to grow flax seed. Now flax is a wonderful type of a grain that grows just like any other grass and so it's really easy to grow. A lot of times when you are buying your own flax it has been baked so it will not germinate and you've got to remember there is a New Zealand plant called New Zealand flax which is a very leafy type of grass but it's not even related to flax seed. You cannot use that plant to make the seed. You need the actual flax plant that is more of a grain. So when you are starting your seeds, so the seeds are real small, they're just a small grain and you just want to kind of sprinkle them over your area, put them in a container or you can put them right into the soil and you only want to cover them about one inch deep with soil. You want to mist them in real well and don't use too much pressure because the seeds will just come right out and put them in a full sunny spot and they'll germinate in up to 120 days and then your grass will go to grass seed. You save those seeds and then that is the flax that you can use for cooking. It's a wonderful addition to your garden.

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