How old are your seedlings? And are they in an area where they get all day sun (10-12 hrs)? If they are still young plants and not getting a judicial amount of sunshine I believe I'd supplement the daylight with a few hrs of artificial light, just to encourage them ever onward!
Hi Jeff...thanks for checking in!
WOW...sure sounds like you're on the ball!
So far, I've got my tomatoes, peppers, basil, dill, parsley, nasturtium, chives, borage started and a few watermelon seeds to try for some early fruiting. I haven't planted anything outside yet...soil won't be ready for about another 3 weeks.
But I'm so excited! I've almost got my garden plans finished and can't wait to share with everyone.
Stay in touch!
Yeah! I get to share something with you this time...woohoo!
Borage are young, tender green leaves that are used for flavoring salads, lemonade and other 'cooling' drinks. The also have blue flowers that attract bees. It grows to about 18 inches. Borage is an excellent companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries. The plant actually improves the flavor of tomatoes growing nearby.
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The bright blue, star-shaped flowers (which bloom most of the summer) make borage one of the prettiest herb plants, thought the dark green leaves are rather plain. The flavor of the leaves resembles that of cucumber. The plant will grow to a height of about 18 inches, and spread about 12 inches. This hardy annual has a messy, straggling habit. It is a native of northern Europe, and grows well in the temperate regions of North America.
Borage is not a fussy plant, but the richer the soil, the bushier the plant will be. It prefers full sun, and needs protection from wind as it is easily blown over. Seeds can be sown throughout the season, and once growth is established, it will continue to seed itself. Place plants close together so they can support each other. A plant or two in an indoor pot will provide leaves all winter, but it will need lots of sun.
Borage flowers and leaves are the traditional decoration for gin-based summer cocktails, and may be set in ice cubes to garnish other drinks.
The flowers and young leaves may be used to garnish salads. dips, and cucumber soups.
Candied borage flowers make attractive cake decorations.
Chopped leaves can be added to soups and stews during the last few minutes of cooking.
The leaves can be cooked with cabbage leaves (two parts cabbage, one part borage.)
Borage does not dry well for culinary use.
Because it is a tonic plant for the adrenal glands, borage provides an invaluable support for a stressful lifestyle.
Borage is rich in minerals, especially potassium.
A tea made with borage helps to reduce fevers and ease chest colds.
An infusion of borage acts as a galactogogue, promoting the production of milk in breastfeeding mothers.
Borage makes an excellent facial steam for improving very dry, sensitive skin.
The flowers may be dried to add color to potpourri.
So there you have it! Might want to think about growing some for yourself!
Cool, I will definetly try some. I need little encouragement to plant anything. I planted Stevia because my mom who is borderline diabetic thinks it is a better sweetner than sugar or any of the artificial sweetners. Also because we are too far north for sugar cane and too far south for sugar beets. I'm also planning to plant Sorghum because I only hear about it in old books.
I planted coffee because it won't grow outside in my zone... I planted Kale because it is the way I pronounce my last name. I planted Nastursiums, Marigold, Mint and Pennyroyal because I read their smell keeps bugs away. I planted Hydrangea, Rose of Sharon, Snowball bush and Canna because my dad gave me some. I planted Fava beans because I read they can be planted like peas and I admire peas because A) They grow almost all winter here and B) They make their own nitrogen.
Do you have or can you borrow a digital camera? The only thing I like more than watching plants grow is pictures of them growing :)