Flax for a Garment. Day 1

What a beautiful day to start our Seeds of Fashion/garment-growing project at the London College of Fashion! The forecast was chilly but it lied.  It was sunny and warm and we got our hearts going with digging up grass for the LCF flax patch.  Flax only takes about 90 days from seed to harvest so if anyone out there wants to take part, there’s plenty of time.  It’s easy to grow and doesn’t even need decent soil or a huge amount of sun.  A very forgiving plant.  Just let me know if you want to have a go. The main enemies are birds, cats, dogs – and people of course.  We have covered our 5x3m patch with netting at least till it germinates but last year our patch did really well until someone with a big dog let it roll in the crop – crushing it of course.  If anyone out there has ideas about how to keep dogs (and their owners) away, please let me know.  Here is the site before (replete with rubbish thrown over the wall), during and after our sowing.

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