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    Default Borage

    Got my borage seed today I will get it in the ground this weekend. Bought this because it is good for the bees and good for me. It is a heirloom herb can't wait to taste and can't wait for the bees to taste it. Got a half acre of dandelion in full bloom and bees are ignoring it, well they know what is best for them not me.

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    Default Re: Borage

    Did you bought the blue one? I prefer the white one.
    Watch out that they are very invasive once established.
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    Default Re: Borage

    Below is an interesting article written by a member of my local bee association where he is trialing borage as a support plant for strawberry pollination.

    http://www.theabk.com.au/article/bor...mal-experiment

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    Default Re: Borage

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    Did you bought the blue one? I prefer the white one.
    Watch out that they are very invasive once established.
    I bought the blue.

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    Default Re: Borage

    When the white Borage bloom the area look like a patch
    of snow. This is stunning in the summer time when nothing is producing in our drought area.
    Yes, the support for strawberry is a good idea. I tried that last year but did not water the strawberry. The blue
    Borage was a big success though. This year I installed a dripper system so things should be good along with the Borage on its side. The bees
    forage more on the Borage than on the strawberry.
    I luv bee source!

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    Default Re: Borage

    I have only tried the blue, Have you had good luck with the white?

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    Default Re: Borage

    I like a carpet of snow when they bloomed.
    The blue one is too common so I tried the white one.
    They grow very well when I planted them in last August and overwintered to
    provide my bees with some early nectar and pollen in Feb. This enable me to do early splits and
    rear some queens too. Then plenty of seeds fell to the ground and sprouted. I like to transplant
    these plants to grow another patch in my garden soon. I don't know if the blue and white one will
    cross pollinate or not. Haven't try that yet.
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