The farm estate fields just across the road from our property are blooming beautifully at the moment with a cover crop including Phacelia. These look wonderful, and of course also bring benefits for bees and other pollinators.
Phacelia is a wonderful plant for bees. The plants themselves seem to buzz loudly on a sunny day. You may also be familiar with the idea of using phacelia as a green manure or cover crop, or even in some instances as a shallow-rooted living mulch between crop plants.
Phacelia also has a strong, somewhat lilac-like fragrance, so as well as serving ecological functions, it can also enrich our own human environment in this way. So while it is being used on a much larger scale in the field across the road from us here, it can also be useful on a much smaller scale in the home garden.
I’ve been flat out on our barn conversion and in the garden all day. So I won’t go into more detail about Phacelia now. But if you are interested in my hourly consultancy to learn where and how this or other cover crops might be used where you live, please do get in touch.