I have to say I was quite glum yesterday evening. Digging was hard work and very messy. Of course, the rain did not help matters, with it dripping off my coat onto my legs and making my hands so muddy the whole spade handle ended up being covered in brown slime.

It was therefore so heartening to come home and see that the phacelia I sowed last week is coming through. I am sure it wasn’t there in the morning!


Phacelia emerging from the ground

For anyone who doesn’t know, phacelia is or can be a green manure, used to rest and fertilise the soil. This particular green manure is apparently attractive for bees, so I aim to keep it as an adornment in the garden until the end of the season.

Another benefit of green manure is that it is fast-growing. Clearly, the phacelia is no exception – and now I’m looking forward to seeing its flowers, which should be purple. One of my favourite colours!

© Helen Butt, May 2014


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Phacelia

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    lovely post Helen thank you for sharing

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