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  1. #1
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    Default update: Borage

    Just an update on my flourishing backyard borage.

    The bees are going wild on the borage blossoms now.
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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Cool! I just planted some the other week. I'm glad to here bees like it

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    I like to do some succession planting. Yes, right now is the time to
    plant them in the Spring time.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Do you have problems with rabbits eating borage?

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Right now I don't have the rabbits. So cannot tell you.
    But I am sure in time of a dearth they will eat any plants they can find.
    Seeing the dust bowl on you tube of how the jack rabbits got killed and
    no vegetation will survived them, I am sure they will eat the borage too.
    If you have rabbits then make a rectangular chicken wire fence around them.
    Put up a few stakes will hold the fence together. If they want to dig under
    the fence then line the bottom of the raise bed with chicken fence too. The
    bigger wires mesh will do.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    For what it's worth, I have rabbits all over the place, and deer. Neither bothered my borage. Early on one seedling had evidence of leaf damage, but they must not have liked it and didn't come back.

    Only a few borage plants, but they sprawled all over with lots of flowers. Very popular with honeybees.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    borage blooms here until we have a hard frost. and reseeds itself rapidly
    I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    My summer planted borage just started blooming today, and it is one of the things that the rabbit and deer did not eat to the ground. The late season sunflowers didn't survive the constant nibbling. Although I have yet to see one of my bees on the hundreds of flowers I have in my yard. I would spot a rouge bee on my flowers in the spring (before I had my own hive), but now they are foraging elsewhere. As long as they are happy, I'm ok with that.

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