Grow Herbs – Borage (Borago Officinalis)
Borage is one of the most decorative of all, with brilliant blue and hairy, oval leaves (in some soils, the flowers may be purplish or even clear pink). It is an annual but it will usually seed itself and come up somewhere: transplant the seedlings if they are in the wrong place.
Under ideal conditions it may grow to about 1.2 m (4 ft) and be quite bushy, but more usually the height is between 450-750 mm (18-30 in). Such an attractive plant should red’: grown where it may be seen; owing to its self-seeding, take care where you site it.
The soil should preferably be well draining; if it is very heavy, lighten it with sharp sand and peat, and compost if you have any to spare. The site should be sunny.
The flowers may be used when available to decorate drinks and salads. The leaves may be eaten raw for their cucumbery flavour; but their bristly hairs are not very appetising. So the leaves should be finely chopped. They may be blended into butter, yogurt, and cream or cottage cheese, or cooked as spinach.
Site: Preferably sunny
Soil: Well drained, not too heavy
Harvest: As required