What we love about planting organic borage
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- Tall growing heirloom annual
- Offers many culinary and medicinal uses
Borage, also known as bee plant or bee bread, is a culinary and medicinal herb popular in Europe and growing in popularity in the United States. It's preferable to use fine, well-worked, wet soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 for sowing organic borage seeds. While these seeds may survive in partial shade, they prefer full sunlight. Seeds should be placed about 1/2 inch deep in the soil and 12 inches apart. The plant will achieve maturity in 50 to 80 days, at which point you may begin harvesting.
Snip fresh, young leaves before they acquire bristly hairs to harvest your organic borage. As soon as the flowers bloom, they can be cut singly or in clusters. Borage is a prolific self-seeder, generating new plants the next year after shedding its own seeds. In fact, once you've established an organic borage plant in your yard, you'll probably never need to reseed it.
This easy-to-grow heirloom attracts pollinators and may reach a height of 24 inches and a width of 30 inches! Organic borage will keep pests like hornworms away from your garden, and it will also help the plants it is planted with by improving their tolerance to pests and disease. Borage grows well with a variety of other plants, including tomatoes, strawberries, and squash.
Organic borage is an edible flower that delivers vital phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins to those who consume it, in addition to offering health advantages to its surrounding plants. Borage is strong in gamma-linolenic acid (commonly known as GLA, an Omega 6 fatty acid), vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium! Fresh organic borage leaves have a cucumber-like flavor and may be used in salads, lemonade, sausages, pizza, or bird stuffing. It can also be used in tea, as it is in Europe. With this tasty herb, the possibilities are endless.
Borage is used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis, dermatitis, premenstrual pain, anxiety, bowel syndrome, kidney problems, and more. It can also help with respiratory and skin ailments, and it is supposed to "provide courage and comfort to the heart," so you might call it a super plant.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for organic borage seeds, see the Borage Seeds Planting Guide.