I recently reported that the phacelia seeds I’d been storing in the shed were damp and I’d therefore been concerned that they would fail to germinate. However, this week has been warmer and I’ve seen the first stirrings in the soil.
The above photo shows the phacelia emerging by the back door. This patch of ground is builders sand covered with pine branches and a thin layer of soil. Even though the strawberries, which were inadvertently transferred with the soil, are growing, the soil is definitely in need of attention.
The hope is that the phacelia will ultimately be spread back on the soil as compost. I realise that I could just cut it down and leave it laying on the ground. However, the ‘chop and drop’ method will take a long time to produce any desired effects, so it is one that I’m leaving for other parts of the garden with deeper soil.