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Odin

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Borage
« on: June 26, 2012, 04:34:23 am »
Who is growing Borage ? Is it in cultivated soil or ruff pasture ? Who has purchased Borage as seed or a plant ? Just interested, any advice appreciated.  :hshoe:
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Odin

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Re: Borage
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 04:37:05 am »
Just realised, I should have posted this in Herbs.  :dunce:
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Dan

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Re: Borage
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 08:59:41 am »
(I've moved this in to Herbs for you Odin)

At our old place we grew Borage in a cultivated bed from seed. Needless to say we never needed a second pack of seeds, and in subsequent years it grew where it wanted... :)

I need some here for the orchard understory, haven't got around to it yet but will probably but some seeds.

HTH.

Andrew

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Re: Borage
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 09:04:03 am »
Dan, I think I have half a pack of borage seeds left from my sowing round the beehives. I shall bring them with me next time I see you.

Rosemary

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Re: Borage
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012, 09:09:05 am »
next time I see you.

Hmm, yes, we need to get THAT sorted  ;D

northfifeduckling

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Re: Borage
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 09:23:21 am »
I got one plant from someone years ago and it self-seeds happily everywhere. We add the pretty flowers to salads but I'm not too keen on the texture of the leaves. I'd love hear of any tried and tested recipes on what to do with it!  :&>

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Re: Borage
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 02:10:36 pm »
Dan, I think I have half a pack of borage seeds left from my sowing round the beehives. I shall bring them with me next time I see you.

Great, thanks, will need to try to remember what you look like!  :)

goosepimple

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Re: Borage
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2012, 02:36:23 pm »
It was very invasive in our last place, we give the goats some to eat, you can eat the young leaves - taste like cucumber to me and I think it has all sorts of uses I haven't explored yet.  Once you have it you can't get rid of it!
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deepinthewoods

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Re: Borage
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2012, 04:03:55 pm »
its also a good fertiliser, in the same group as comfrey, tho the nutritional details escape me.

Odin

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Re: Borage
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012, 08:28:17 pm »
Good replies, thank yer, so where do I buy it. Garden centres a bit 'main stream'. Try the adverteisers on here?
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bloomer

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Re: Borage
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 08:43:16 pm »
you don't need much find a friend who can donate a cutting or a few seeds to you, it spreads well!!!




northfifeduckling

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Re: Borage
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012, 10:17:25 pm »
garden centres do sell it but how about asking on freecycle or Freegle? I'd happily offer a plant to anyone who asked  ::) . If you live in North Fife I'll give you one, too  ;D :&>

deepinthewoods

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Re: Borage
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012, 10:28:44 pm »
its a hedgerow plant here, tho not common.

YorkshireLass

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Re: Borage
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2012, 10:35:05 pm »
Whereabouts are you Odin? I have some seeds lurking I think, and also a drying seed head from this year's plant.


I found it went bananas on vegetable patch soil, not quite so bananas on neglected, weedy soil. The roots aren't as deep as comfrey so although it's the same family it's not as useful in that regard. Pretty though, and bees love it.

deepinthewoods

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Re: Borage
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2012, 10:40:25 pm »
its better than comfrey for edibility tho, cos its not as 'strong'

 

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