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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit for more information.

August 8, 2013 | Some advice on green manure crops, please!

In the blink of a few weeks the experimental green manure patch of Phacelia tanacetifolia has gone from this to this:

The heat and drought has rushed the crop through to maturity.  So now what do I do with it?  Wait? Chop it up and fork it in? How long before I can sow again? Won’t [...]



July 5, 2013 | A bee magnet

This morning Phacelia tanacetifolia was furry blue blur in my garden.  Pulling  in the bees and the hover flies too.  Originally from Mexico, it is frequently planted round the headlands  of fields by organic farmers to attract pollinating insects.

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June 1, 2013 | Broadcasting my woes on broadcast sowing

If anyone can give me some sound advice on how to sow this way for a perfect even sward – please send me a message.

Back flooded into my mind fluttered a scary day at college when, under exam conditions, we had to sow a patch with lawn seed.  It involved the kitchen scales, measuring out [...]