Borage is a very popular Mediterranean herb that is used to flavor wine and many other culinary dishes. Because of its low growing area it is ideal for growing to be a crop suitable for urban gardening. It also has a fine, mild taste that you will enjoy. In growing this plant to use as a culinary herb, you have to ensure that the roots are firmly tied so they will not come up out of the ground. Borage flower garden is very easy to develop in any areas because it grows in groups of three to seven plants.
For planting, the best season is spring. Frost hardy plants such as borage seedlings can survive the frost and still bloom beautifully. It is important to allow the roots to develop completely before planting them. When planting, the pots should be filled about one-fourth full with soil and no fertilizer.
If the seed packet does not indicate the correct amount of sunlight and moisture, the seeds germinate very slowly. If you want your plant to grow quickly, then you need to sow borage seedlings in warm pots before the last frost. Sow them about four inches deep. In addition to the growing area, you should also provide plenty of water.
Most forage seedlings do not like being crowded so keep only one plant per pot. Plant them four to six inches tall. The plants grow really well if they are sown in paper pots. Keep in mind that paper pots should not be wider than six inches because the taller they are, the more sun and water they get.
The roots from the Borage plant should be tied into stake or stick before planting. However, when you sow seeds directly into the garden soil, the roots are not tied and you do not have to tie them. It is important for the seed to get as much exposure as possible. For best results, plant your seed in the mid-morning or evening after the sun has risen for about an hour.
Before planting seeds in the garden, make sure to spread compost. This natural fertilizer will help the plants thrive in the garden. You can either make your own compost using manure from your home or buy some commercial compost. The soil in your outdoor herb growing bed should be moist to about one inch deep but not wet.
It is best to plant your seeds in partial shade. Growing borage in full sun is not advisable. When the temperature is very hot, the plant will tend to burn. In addition to avoiding full sun, it is better to plant your seeds in partial shade during the day. Also, try to plant your seedlings about three to four inches deeper than they would be in full sun.
During the fall season, you should place your borage in a shallow hole made with an airtight lid. You can use plastic or a screen. If you are planting in containers, it is important that the lid is tightly sealed. When you are ready to transfer your plant borage into the compost pile, take two and put them side by side, covering the first with a plastic sheet and the second with an open piece of paper or tissue paper.
This herb grows well in alkaline soils. It prefers well drained, rich soil that contains lots of nitrogen and also offers lots of sunlight. Do not over water. The soil should drain fairly easily, especially after the rains. Be careful not to compact the soil too much, because the roots will need room to grow.
When planting your storage, you can attract bees and other beneficial insects if you are considering planting the herb in your yard. Borage is an excellent choice for helping to control the insects that destroy your garden. It can attract hummingbirds and beneficial wasps as well. For the bee community, the flowers of the borage plant are an excellent choice since bees collect pollen, which is highly beneficial to the hive.
There are quite a few forage species that produce blooms that are perfect for making candles, herbal teas and even jams. You can also use the flower heads from these plants as food for the local birds and wild butterflies in your area. And don’t forget, if you wish to attract the bees and other pollinators that will help your honey crop, you can attract them to your yard by growing a mix of wildflowers along with the borage.