Borage should be a garden staple because of its edible, medicinal, and pollinator attracting properties. The small star shaped blue flowers are edible and taste like cucumber. Use the flowers as a garnish in salads or in cocktails. The seeds can be pressed for their high Omega-6 fatty acid content. Honey bees can't resist borage, it is one of their absolute favorite pollen plants.
Borage does best directly seeded into the garden. Sow seeds in place in the garden in early spring when the soil begins to warm (early April in our area). Thin plants to about 18 to 24" apart.
To start as transplants it is recommended to start them in deep cells as they develop a taproot. Don't allow the transplants to get rootbound. Transplant outside in early spring, but be cautious not to disturb the roots.
Borage is not picky when it comes to soil, and will do well in less than ideal soil.
Harvest newly opened flowers for a cucumber flavor addition to your salads and cocktails. Be sure to leave some flowers for the bees, as well as to make seed as borage will self sow in place year after year.
Purchase borage seeds at Territorial Seed