From the Doylestown Correspondent
As the season has now arrived for retting flax, I thought
the most modern mode of water or pond retting, would be acceptable to some of my readers.
Having formed a pond or vat, of the size suited to the crop raised let the flax be placed therein in bundles, with sufficient water to cover the whole three or four inches. On the flax place some refuse boards, which are to be covered with sods, so as to exclude the sun and the air. Should the weather prove warm, in four days it will be found retted, which is readily ascertained by drying a few stalks and trying them in the usual manner. Should it not prove sufficiently retted it must be tried daily till it be so found, which seldoms exceeds the fifth day, unless the water be extremely cold in which it is immersed. When it is in a proper state, remove the boards and sods, and take your bundles to a new mown sward and spread them, and when properly dry house it, and it is ready for breaking. In forming the pond or vat, care must be taken to prevent the escape of the water therefrom and to exclude the entrance of any, after the retting has commenced.
This mode has several advantages over dew retting.
1. Expedition. 2. No danger of losing the crop. 3. It will yield
10 to 15 per cent more flax, and sell for one cent per pound more at market, and likewise the facilities it bleaching it will be considerably increased. If several farmers would join in forming the pond or vat, the cost to each would be found trivial.
)Spelling, punctuation, etc. as in original(
The Pittsburgh Gazette and Manufacturing & Mercantile Advertiser. Pittsburgh, Pa. Sept. 12, 1823 P. 4 Col. NL.
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