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Borage - Where and How?

 
Jack Shawburn
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Where do you "place" your Borage ?
Would you say its more insectary than accumulator?
and how do you you use it in food?
I was thinking of cutting it back occasionally for mulch material
to see if it will grow back like its cousin Comfrey.
 
Dan Wallace
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I grow borage everywhere...or rather, it grows itself everywhere. Its very successful at self seeding

I don't know about its accumulator properties nor have I ever dug one up to check out its root but I can attest to its insectiary properties. honey bees love it and hover flies hang around too.

It will come back when you chop it down (although Id recommend leaving a nurse branch intact). I cut ours back all the time to give to the chickens; very good fodder, they seem to like it. Just hack off a big stem and throw it in run; they'll eat every last piece of it, stem and all
 
Leila Rich
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Goggle says borage is a dynamic accumulator and I'm kind of surprised: it's a pretty wimpy annual with shallow roots. It seeds like crazy and insects adore it.
I've got plenty of ex-lawn, which is now a healthy plant community and the borage is semi-restricted to there and under the fruit trees.
My garden space is way too valuble to fill up with giant, flopping borage plants!
I don't have chooks, but if I know they enjoy it. The flowers,. blue and white,  are pretty and edible but I wouldn't want to eat the leaves, like comfrey they're prickly/furry and I've got plenty of other things to eat!
 
Jordan Lowery
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a plant doesn't need huge root systems to be a dynamic accumulator. it just means that plant likes to "collect" certain minerals than others.

i find borage to be easy as hell to grow. plant it once where you want it, and itl be there every year after.
 
Michael Cox
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Interesting observation...

We have had a very mild winter and spring. The weather is warm and sunny and it is only mid march. I've been watching a borage patch that I pass walking to work everyday and it is gong gangbusters. Already 12" tall and showing flowers while everything else is only just breaking dormancy. Quite impressive.
 
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