In late October, I participated in “Heritage Breeds & Heirloom Seeds: The Past Strengthening our Future,” a gathering of gardeners and farmers in Debert, Nova Scotia. The speakers included Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds, Greta Kryger of Greta’s Organic Gardens, Andrea Berry of Hope Seeds and Greg Wingate of Mapple Farm. I gleaned the following tips from our wide-ranging discussions.
– Janet Wallace, former editor, The Canadian Organic Grower
A few growers talked about phacelia. The plant is an excellent green manure and bee crop. The plant (seeds are available from Salt Spring Seeds) attracts many pollinators including honeybees and wild insects. When used as a green manure, it produces excellent soil tilth and appears to control weeds allelopathically (i.e. by releasing chemicals that inhibit their germination).