(I like to grow chives with my strawberries, too!) However, try and avoid over-soaking them. Juniper graces the tops of Coon Creek Herbs tins. It grows quickly as an annual but will colonize a corner of the garden by self-seeding and reappearing year after year. Well I did enjoy the first six reasons, because like you, I want to do want ever it takes to help the bees. Love the blue flowers and we’re going to have chickens as soon as the coop is built – a win-win-win to me! As for spreading it along the garden path, I am afraid it will become like our mint, which has a plan of it’s own to take over the world. Maybe you don’t know what borage is. Once you get them in your garden, you’ll have them forever. I plucked a pod sadly, bit into it out of curiosity and . Wherever you choose to grow it, borage is beautiful as well as useful. Beautiful AND useful! Yaaay! You can eat the leaves, raw or cooked, and the flowers, raw, as a garnish or in drinks. The 15 good reasons that we want to share here, are also the answers to your questions. I have never grown borage but now I’m looking forward to it! Second, it has a wide range of different uses – culinary, cosmetic and medicinal. Haven’t heard of companion planting yet? A common question when planting and growing borage is, how much light does borage need? What are the reasons to grow it in your garden? Borage is virtually problem-free. Borage has a long been used medicinally for numerous ailments, but in recent years two specific uses have emerged for borage seed oil, which is pressed from ground borage seeds with the help of added enzymes. They already miss their Honey Buns sister. , Hi, Hooray I finally know what that beautiful blue flowering plant was that came up all by itself in a wicking bed I had for blue berries. Borage is an annual plant, so USDA Hardiness Zones do not apply. Just look. Let’s start there, first. Oh, but wait. You can plant it early in the spring, or you can plant it now, or you can even scatter seeds in the fall, and they’ll come up in the spring. I would bet they would reseed, Alana. As I mentioned already, my chooks love borage, and yours probably do, too, though perhaps they don’t know it yet. Harvesting or deadheading will keep it in bloom longer. Thanks for opening my eyes to seven other great reasons. Several Snazzy Sauces that will Save the Leftovers! Agreed! Now, with confidence, I will treat my chickie baby ladies to a wonderful treat. Borage is considered an herb, but is often grown as a flower. For these good reasons, they deserve a place in your garden, right? Jamie, And such a beautiful drink! Once you have borage in your garden, you will likely never have to reseed them again. Borage plants can be found at your local specialty nursery in the herb section, but they grow very well from seed as well. Reason #1: You don’t see this shade of blue just anywhere. All in all, borage is a wonderfully delightful flower, useful herb, and a powerhouse in the garden. Borage is a favorite herb to add to wine and spirits. My hubby plows up my garden every fall, and then my dad rototills it afresh in the spring, and still my borage comes up every year. Originally, I planted it in the tomato beds to – yes – discourage tomato hornworms. First of all – it looks good. It can also be used to steep in teas and is a delightful treat when candied. OH you’ll love it, Kevin! Attracting bee and other beneficial insects, making mulch, or fertilizer for your garden, or trap crop for harmful aphids to protect from the attack…Apart from using for the garden, you can use this plant to make many beautiful and delicious dishes because borage is an edible crop. And who doesn’t have problems with cabbage moths? Smart gal! Why are they preferred? Important Note: if control is very important to you in your gardening experience, then borage may not be the plant for you. I found one tired borage plant last year at Co-op & promptly killed it. They would look absolutely stunning perched atop glazed petit fours. Amending the soil with some type of organic matter, such as compost, will give your borage plants a boost. things will be okay. Many of the common plants we grow depend on insects for pollination. . No, I have wanted to but can never find any plants. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Gwendolen, Such a lovely Victorian drink: ice tea, ice water, or lemonade with plenty of ice all are made better with a few small borage leaves or a handful of flowers. Another plant that the bees just go crazy for is lamb’s ear. Proper spacing will help airflow, proactively combat against diseases such as powdery mildew and allow for the adequate spread of blooms. Sarah Moore has been a writer, editor and blogger since 2006. Along those lines, if you don’t use chemicals on your grass, grass clippings are something else that your chickens will be delighted to consume for you. They are easy enough to pull out and won't become a nuisance. I’ve never grown borage, but I would like to try it. Excess plants are very easy to remove from the garden. I was visiting another town over the weekend for a festival when we stopped and had a coffee out in the garden of a little cafe. It is considered by many to be a wonderful plant, which can find pride of place in many gardens. When I see that I have enough to sustain the bees, I will bring in the bees. With its attractive blue flowers from June to August, borage is a welcome addition to the summer garden. The day I was taking these pictures, the bees were quite busy in the flowers. Get garden plans, the latest tips, and more from our gardening experts. What thrilled me, though, was the new little babies that sprouted up all over. Now I’m going to have to figure out what Pinms is, Caro . Thx for your reply. I grew borage in Arkansas, when I had 34 acres, two large gardens, chickens, and lots of room,s. Wonderful, says I. Once you have an established borage plant, you will likely always have a borage plant or several. You can eat it. Plants can be pinched or pruned, to encourage branching and keep them shorter. It is both applied topically and taken as a supplement internally. By planting bee-attractant plants like borage, we can make sure that pollinators are around to pollinate crops. Borage! They start pink and turn a true blue, hanging in downward facing clusters. And once you grow it one time, it will come up freely the next year in the same spot, from seeds the mother plant dropped the year before. It is a favorite of honey bees, solitary bees, and bumble bees alike, and it’s common to see all three perusing a bush at the same time. I have enough come up in my garden now that I pull some for the chickens, and leave others for me. Traditionally the borage plant was used to treat many ailments, from jaundice to kidney problems. Don't worry. so you don't have to re-invent the chicken-raising wheel! Her garden is too big, her house is never clean, and she'd always rather be OUTSIDE. This can help reduce nutrient leaching and make sure that nutrients are gathered and stored. I would like to give it a try. Borage greens can also be chopped and added to soups and sauces for their mild flavor and nutritional content. So glad about it. This year I planted seeds in a pot & I’m hoping for success!! Borage is one of those plants that–once you’ve planted it in your garden–you’ll never have to plant it again (cue clap of thunder). Chef, No, they were not, although that would have been sweet.