Growing Borage for Bees

The bees will make a beeline for your garden when you start growing borage.

| April/May 2006

  • growing borage - borage flower
    In addition to attracting bees, these pretty herbs will add some color to your garden.
    Karen Shelton/Alternative Nature Herbals
  • growing borage - flowering borage plant
    Growing borage will benefit the rest of your garden by attracting lots of bees.
    Photo by Karen Shelton/Alternative Nature Herbals

  • growing borage - borage flower
  • growing borage - flowering borage plant

Borage, a cucumber-flavored herb, is a great addition to your kitchen garden. The plant’s bright blue flowers attract lots of bees, which will help pollinate your crops. Growing borage won’t demand much from you either; it reseeds vigorously, so you can leave seedlings in the garden where you want them and pull the rest.

Some people use borage as a tea or in salads. My plants serve clouds of bees all summer long, even some leafcutter bees.

Bees will not hurt you on purpose; they are too busy to pay much attention to you.

Jeffrey Dickemann
Richmond, California







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