Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bountiful Borage

I've been harvesting a ton of borage flowers this summer. I threw some seeds into the soil in April, and the plants came up strong and healthy. Borage thrives in poor, dry soils, so these pollinator attracting plants are easy to grow. There were bees and flies flying all over my plants all spring and into the summer. This was great because it attracted insects to pollinate my squash, tomato, and bean plants, and brought tons of beneficial insects to my garden as well. These hairy plants also keep slugs at bay!
The flowers are a gorgeous bright blue, and can be eaten fresh from the plant in salads or as a garnish - they taste like cucumbers! The photo above is one nights harvest earlier this summer!