Bumble queens come out early, and it's vital to feed them. Broad beans (aka fava), borage, brassicas and mignonette
We had an unusually warm winter and this borage plant just kept on growing, and was flowering by August.
Damn thing's a monster!
Oh well, next year.
In my temperate climate, it is about the most prolific self seeder I've come across.
Dale Hodgins wrote:As a self seeder, it would be nice to have along the garden fence, as a trap crop for chickens, deer and other intruders
Not a problem, as the plants are really easy to pull if they're in the way.
When we were kids, we went through quite a phase of crystalising all sorts of flowers. Borage flowers were our favourites.
Dan Boone wrote:My borage plant had a wonderful sweet cucumber flavor, too -- though the leaves are furry. The blossoms tasted even better and are beautiful!
The look really pretty (unadulterated) on drinks, salads, baking...
I always take off the calyx as furry food grosses me out
Akiva Silver wrote:borage self sows so readily, that it has become a real weed in my garden. I'm sure it could take over everything if I let it. I planted it 3 years ago one time and new plants come back all over every year.
Good to know. I'll wait before I sow again. I had a huge one in my herb spiral and didn't really harvest. Loved the flowers though!
it's also an excellent source of vitamins, it has GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is pretty rare and really good for health, as well as a lot of other vitamins/ B complex too.