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How long does it take to grow borage?
about eight weeks
Does borage reseed itself?
It is an annual, but readily self-seeds and thrives in full sun. It is so proficient in self-seeding, in fact, that once a borage plant has established itself in your garden, you will likely never have to reseed again!
Will borage grow in shade?
Plant to Harvest Time Borage grows best in full sun but will still perform well in lightly shaded areas provided they are warm enough. It will grow fine in most soil types as long as they are mulched and kept moist.
How much space does borage need?
Planting depth: Sow borage seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep. Spacing: Thin plants from 18 to 24 inches apart once they are 6 to 8 inches tall. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart.
When should I plant borage seeds?
When to plant borage Sow borage seed from mid spring, after the last frosts. A second sowing can be made in late spring. It's best to sow borage seed where you want it to grow, as it doesn't do well when transplanted. Borage will self-seed if the faded flowers are left on the plant.
Can you take cuttings from borage?
If they grow back looking healthy, they should be ok to eat. When the plants are still growing steadily towards the end of summer, you could try taking cuttings to create extra plants.
How do I start borage from seed?
Grown from seed, borage can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct seeded just after the danger of frost has passed. Plant the small, black seeds just beneath the surface of the soil and thin seedlings to at least one foot apart. Trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy and upright.
How does borage spread?
It is an annual, but readily self-seeds and thrives in full sun. It is so proficient in self-seeding, in fact, that once a borage plant has established itself in your garden, you will likely never have to reseed again. The bloom period is different for various climates and growing zones.
How do you cook with borage?
Use the stems chopped up in salads or in stocks, stews and soups. You could also try eating them like the Spanish; simply parboil them for two minutes then deep fry in batter. Eat immediately. Borage is a fantastic, versatile herb that deserves to be used more in the kitchen.
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