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Borage fodder for your compost heap

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Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  llama momma on 1/26/2012, 4:49 pm

From The Complete Compost Gardening Guide -
If you have some room in your yard to grow:

Borage is considered a top ten fodder crop used to feed a compost heap. One plant can reach 3ft tall and 2 feet wide with pretty blue or white flowers. When they flop over after flowering it can be sheared into 1 ft long pieces or less, and layered into your compost heap. Borage leaves contain abundant moisture and are a good addition to compost heaps that tend to dry out quickly.

A section of my yard slopes and is a pain to mow. I'm considering putting this area to good use (finally!) to feed my compost heap.

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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  littlejo on 1/26/2012, 5:15 pm

I will have to try a Borage plant! Where did you find seed for this?

I am trying Comfrey. It can be added to the compost or just cut a couple leafs and put under a little soil under a plant that needs a boost. It really has no fibre in the leaves, they just melt away into goodness, I guess.

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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  quiltbea on 1/26/2012, 5:20 pm

Borage is edible, also. They have a mild cucumber flavor for salads and garnishes so you can enjoy eating them until you harvest them for compost.

You can get both the blue and and white borage at johnnyseeds.com in their herb section.

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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  madnicmom on 1/26/2012, 10:18 pm

Plantoid warns us in the other thread that Borage is one heck of a bee's heaven and to plant it away from walkways, etc . I want to try this for salads.

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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  llama momma on 1/26/2012, 10:45 pm

Farm supply stores should carry borage seeds, and seed catalogs listed under cover crops.

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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  Windsor.Parker on 1/27/2012, 1:05 am

Embarassed Recently I posted to the Plant ID topic..."? unappetizing, podding, flowering, fuzzy plant". Borage was it, which due to its ugliness was mostly pulled and went directly to the compost pile. Cool
You can call me an accidental gardener.
(obtw. Most of the few bees we saw last year were visiting those Borage blooms!)


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Re: Borage fodder for your compost heap

Post  llama momma on 1/27/2012, 5:17 am

@Windsor.Parker wrote:Embarassed Recently I posted to the Plant ID topic..."? unappetizing, podding, flowering, fuzzy plant". Borage was it, which due to its ugliness was mostly pulled and went directly to the compost pile. Cool
You can call me an accidental gardener.
(obtw. Most of the few bees we saw last year were visiting those Borage blooms!)

Yes, attracting bees is a definate benefit! as well as being a potential 3 ft. tall nitrogen source for a compost heap. Very useful for those who don't have or don't want to mess around with manures. A beautiful plant? Depends on personal choice.


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