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By Nick1

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Gb

phacelia tanacetifolia
I sowed some seed over the weekend following the instructions on the pack. is it rite that you prepare the ground then water it then sprinkle the seeds on?? always thought the seeds should be pushed into the compost.



Erm Nick, this is a green manure which you sow between sowing two different vegetable crops... How can you push the seed into the compost? You broad scatter onto the area you want to sow - though at this time of year all our veggie garden is down to crops and, sadly, if you sow in the autumn where we live it does not do well.

17 May, 2010


Nick, we grow this as a wildflower, here, and we water heavily before sowing, and sprinkle a little after to push the seeds into the crevices on the surface. If we're expecting windy weather, we might throw on a little sand, too.

18 May, 2010


Our ground is usually so damp we don't need to water but I can see you would need to TugB - we did try sowing last September but it never came to anything. One way is to incorporate into your crop rotation and just grow the phacelia for a year. I know an organic smallholding near here that does that but we don't have enough land to allow.

18 May, 2010


cheers. after sowing when should I see the first signs of growth? and should I keep the ground where the seeds have been sown watered?

18 May, 2010


Could take 2 to 3 weeks depending on the weather. Don't let the ground dry out completely but don't drown either... better slightly too dry than too wet.

18 May, 2010


thanks for your help

18 May, 2010

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