Dampness no barrier

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.


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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10 Responses to Dampness no barrier

  1. .. but if they grow, you’ll get lovely flowers too

    • Helen says:

      Thank you for adding that, Jackie. When I’d been composing the post in my head I’d meant to mention the flowers – hopefully at the right time for the bees emerging 😊.

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing Helen

  3. jeffpermie says:

    Phacelia is probably my most trustworthy Green Manure, plus I always keep 2 – 3 small patches going not only mainly for the bees but also to collect the seed.
    All of my collected seed stock fell prey to field mice though :/

    • Helen says:

      That’s a shame, Jeff!

      I agree that phacelia is a fabulous green manure. I’m also growing vetch this year, so I’ll see how that does in my garden.

  4. Wonderful flowers much loved by bees .. and super organic material

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