Borage Growing Guide

Borago officinalis

Borage is one of those herbaceous plants that are worth having in the garden: its cultivation is very simple, but not only that, but with very little maintenance we can take advantage of its interesting properties throughout the season.

To achieve this, the first thing to do is acquire seeds in spring, which is the best time to sow it. As soon as we have them, they will proceed to sow them in the ground following the advice that we offer you below.

Borage cultivation

Borage flowers

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Our protagonist is an annual herb that grows spontaneously in orchards, gardens, rubble and gutters, so that its seeds can be sown directly into the ground, since it is likely that they will all germinate in less than we think. Yes indeed, so that they can germinate well, it is highly recommended to sow them in rows, leaving a distance of about 30cm between them.

Once done, will be covered with soil and the drip irrigation system will be put into operation, or it will be watered with a sprayer. After two weeks, we will see the first seedlings sprout.

Maintenance

For them to grow and develop well, it is convenient to water them regularly, preventing the soil from drying out. As usual, will be watered every 2-3 days, increasing the frequency in summer. But there is still something else we can do to make them produce a lot of leaves: fertilize them.

We will use an organic compost for this, such as chicken manure, and we will put a 2cm layer around each seedling once a month.

Harvest

They will be ready to collect from late spring to late summer. As soon as we have them, before consuming them we must clean them well with water to remove the dirt.

Borage uses

Borage leaves

Culinary

The leaves are used in salads, soups, tortillas, pickles, or as a vegetable; and the flowers are used in confectionery. In any case, they are chopped well and eaten fresh (they lose flavor when dried).

Medicinal

Borage it is an excellent medicinal plant, widely used to relieve cold and flu symptoms, eliminate liquids and gases, lower fever, regulate nervous disorders, and to accelerate wound healing.

Contraindications

If you are pregnant or think you may be, you should not consume it. In case of doubt you should consult a doctor.

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