Germination of an idea

Each year my husband Jim likes to set himself a horticultural challenge. In previous years it’s been artichokes or asparagus. One¬†winter morning last year, whilst sprinkling linseed on his breakfast cereal he was musing: ‘ Plants give us food, fuel and fibres, but as gardeners we never explore growing and using fibres.’

A few weeks later, over dinner, he came up with the idea of growing flax.