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Post  gwennifer 3/14/2014, 11:17 am

Thanks CapeCoddess.  This came across my Facebook a few days ago and I couldn't figure out how to grab it to post here.  


I suppose with the herbs (sage, cilantro), you'd have to let them bolt to be any good for the bees.  Easy enough with cilantro that's for sure.  Haven't grown sage before. 
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Post  camprn 3/14/2014, 11:19 am

Hopefully there are pollinators in your neighborhood.

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Post  gwennifer 3/14/2014, 1:26 pm

Haha, I typed my reply on my phone before. Didn't realize I'd changed font sizes. Sorry for yelling everyone!  Shocked 
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Post  recoush 3/14/2014, 5:22 pm

super love it thier are many other plants that attract bees,
what is nice about this is all stuff we need Very Happy

check out the Pollinator site below for a guide Below

http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

this is one of the best site they will have a zip code guide with recommendation and it is Free
Covers every thing you need to know maybe even way more then you may want to Know Smile 

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Post  sanderson 3/14/2014, 5:38 pm

Wow! Thanks for the link.
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Post  Marc Iverson 3/15/2014, 12:27 am

Love that poster chart, capecoddess!

Just want to add in that I saw catmint there -- but our bees and pollinating flies loved our apple mint and peppermint too. So they probably love all mints ... and mints have tons of flowers when they flower, kind of like foxgloves -- many on a stalk, and every mint plant has lots of stalks.
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Post  sanderson 3/15/2014, 2:02 am

Marc, I found mint seeds but had to buy a spearmint plant. I just love the smell when brushed against. Wouldn't you know it, my cat loves Borage!
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Post  Marc Iverson 3/15/2014, 2:09 am

Spearmint is very popular. I only know it from the gum, I think.

The only ones I've grown are peppermint and apple mint. So far peppermint is my favorite. Even just picking up the containers to water them, or being close by when the wind blows, I get a jolt of their smell, and it's just so clean and pure and fantastic!

Hmm, borage is another thing I gotta get to ... so many chores and classes and things lately that I'm hardly planting a thing.
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Post  FamilyGardening 3/16/2014, 2:46 pm

thanks for the link.....I printed out the picture of all the plants/herbs for the bees....it will make a great teaching tool for our kids  Very Happy we can take it with us when they go to pick out some flowers to plant in their garden spots!

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Post  Goosegirl 3/16/2014, 4:31 pm

@recoush wrote:super love it thier are many other plants that attract bees,
what is nice about this is all stuff we need Very Happy

check out the Pollinator site below for a guide Below

http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

this is one of the best site they will have a zip code guide with recommendation and it is Free
Covers every thing you need to know maybe even way more then you may want to Know Smile 

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LOVE this link!  I am in the Prairie Parkland (Temperate).  Saved the file and am printing it out now!

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Post  LilGreenNewbie 3/17/2014, 2:40 pm

@recoush wrote:super love it thier are many other plants that attract bees,
what is nice about this is all stuff we need Very Happy

check out the Pollinator site below for a guide Below

http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

this is one of the best site they will have a zip code guide with recommendation and it is Free
Covers every thing you need to know maybe even way more then you may want to Know Smile 

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This is really cool. Thank you for sharing recoush! I am Pacific lowland mixed forest province.
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Post  sanderson 5/15/2015, 12:34 pm

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Post  milt48 2/3/2016, 3:54 pm

I love using Borage as it is a great companion plant, attracts pollinators, and it tastes great. The blue flowers it has is also a plus.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/3/2016, 10:08 pm

Pretty, is it annual?
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Post  sanderson 2/4/2016, 2:41 am

SR, I think it is an annual everywhere. However, it seeds so you can almost consider it like a perennial as you may get lots of little seedlings the following spring. I've got a lot coming up in the front yard flower bed. I won't plant it in the beds anymore. Takes up a lot of space.

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Post  milt48 2/5/2016, 8:28 am

It reseeds itself to the point that I have never had to reseed my bird/bee/butterfly garden, which is now ten years old.

I won't put it in my flower gardens either.
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Post  sanderson 2/5/2016, 3:49 pm

Milt, I just pulled 5 volunteers of borage out of one of the veggie beds. I dread how many will be sprouting like "weeds" where i don't want them. Shocked

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Post  milt48 2/6/2016, 3:12 pm

Be glad it is Broage and not mint. Very Happy
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Post  sanderson 2/6/2016, 5:35 pm

Mint is in a pot! Here are borage volunteers in the front flower bed. A little thinning needed, you think? Wink

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