Thursday, 12 February 2015

Harvesting and sowing phacelia seeds

Phacelia is a quick growing hardy annual green manure and is ideal for sowing from March until September. It will grow up to 1metre in height and suits most soil types.

It has beautiful scented purple/blue flowers which form dense fern-like foliage.

It smothers weeds and has an extensive root system that improves the soil structure.

Phacelia is listed as one of the top 20 honey-producing flowers for honeybees and is very attractive to bumblebees and hoverflies. (hoverflies eat a lot of aphids). 

A small patch, especially near to vegetables, will help to attract pollinating insects.

After flowering it can be dug in to help build up the organic content of your soil and also makes an excellent cut flower and has a long vase-life with strong stems.

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