It looks like inside the shed is damp. Not only did some of my produce go mouldy over the winter but the phacelia seeds I kept in there were soft rather than brittle when I took them out today.
I am, however, hopeful that they will still germinate, as I would like phacelia to cover bare patches of the garden. One of these areas is where the Jerusalem artichokes live. The other is the ground by the back door.
When I took the patio up last January/February to prepare the base for the shed at the back of the garden, I moved soil down to cover branches I’d lain on top of the sand, now exposed, by the back door. The branches have not yet started to decompose and the soil is rather thin here.
The strawberry plants that inadvertently moved with the soil are very poor producers (different stock from the Old Sleningford variety), so I don’t mind if they get smothered by the phacelia. Equally, I don’t use the side of the door which will be obstructed if it does germinate.
The important thing is that the phacelia holds the soil down and produces biomass for me. Basically, you can’t have too much compost in a garden and this should be a plentiful crop. It will also keep the bumblebees happy when it flowers.