Growing and Using Borage in Three Simple Steps
Growing borage belongs in both the vegetable and flower garden because
it is both useful and extremely attractive.
I can't imagine a garden without it (I put mine in the annual flower
Growing Borage from Seed
Borage is really easily germinated from seed and because of this and
the fact that it grows very quickly (getting rootbound, stretched out
and harder to transplant) it should never be purchased as a starter
plant. Besides it is far cheaper growing borage from seed directly in
Plant the seed outdoors in late May. It does like a warmer soil to
germinate so do not rush the season. Sow approximately one quarter inch
deep and at several seeds to the inch. Cover the seeds and gently firm
the soil on top of them.
When the plants are up and approximately three to five inches tall,
thin the seedlings to the strongest plant every twelve to fourteen
inches. Give this plant quite a bit of room as it is base branching and
will send up large leafy shoots. Crowding your growing borage may lead
to leaf fungus problems.
A mature plant will grow three feet tall and will self sow all summer
if you let it. Some gardeners in warmer climates will have this plant
self sow in the garden although it never did this for me in USDA zone
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Use the cucumber-tasting leaves fresh in drinks. Some gardeners
recommend them as "greens" but you'll want to stir-fry these greens
before using them (they leaves are "raspy").
The flowers can be used in drinks or candied. I quite like blue borage
flowers in my lemonade.
Borage is reputed to be a gentle laxative. The blue flowers are very
attractive and this plant can easily find a place in the flower border
as well as the herb garden.
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