Some super Borage in glorious full flower. Borage is easily grown from seed (Borage Seeds), and where planted will self seed and multiply quite readily (the plant is adapted to survive in poor gravelly soil so it'll easily sprout amongst your gravel path!), so pick the flowers off and make borage ice cubes with them, or at the least pick and eat them...they have a wonderful cucumber flavour. A great plant for the garden...whether its in the kitchen garden or in the flower garden.
A new after-schools gardening club kicked off this week in St Pauls Primary School, Slievemore. There is a great mix of kids from p3-7 all in the group. So what better to start off with then seed sowing. The kids loved getting stuck in breaking up the multi-purpose compost and filling their cell seed trays
We soed a wide range of flowers, these included Borage which is a cracking plant to buy....with its great bee-friendly flowers which are fully edible, the kids are lookin forward to planting this one out in the school garden, both to see the bees but also they're amazed you can eat flowers! We also sowed some Larkspur- a cottage garden favourite, this benefits from sowing now to get an earlier flower next year.
The kids shwoed some great technique, sowing 2 seeds into each cell (after making a recess with their dibbers) , and then lightly covering them over with some Vermiculite. Writing the label was a challenge but one the kids were upto too!
These trays will be placed in a cool polytunnel and will hopefully be ready for potting up in 8-12 weeks.
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