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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/7/2019, 5:40 pm

I just pulled up a plethora of borage plants, which sprouted from seeds dropped last year.  The darned things were at least 3' tall!  They're in my yard compost bin, which is now nearly full (since Thursday).

Question:  Can I pull and compost the seedlings that are already sprouting?  Or should I trash them?  I do like a borage plant or two, but enough is enough!  This year was ridiculous.  That's possibly attributable to the fact that I had to have a flowering plum right in that area taken down a year ago, with the wood, sawdust and remains supplying beaucoup nitrogen (trop nitrogen!--lapsing into French here; I'm pretty exhausted from filling that yard waste bin).
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Post  OhioGardener on 9/7/2019, 6:56 pm

You can compost the seedlings, and they will enrich the compost due to the leaves high mineral content. But, if you have any plants that bloomed and seed pods, do not compost those seed pods - those seeds will survive composting, and you will have Borage seedlings coming up in the beds you apply the compost to.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/8/2019, 11:19 am

Thanks, OG.

I pulled the entire batch of mature plants, which are resting in peace in the yard waste bin.  Although I'm sure that many seeds escaped to grow another day or season, I can deal with those as they appear.
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Post  sanderson on 9/8/2019, 3:24 pm

Once borage, forever borage. I have to pull a ton of seedlings in the BTE flower bed every spring, leaving one every foot or so.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/8/2019, 5:16 pm

Why, yes, I still have Borage.  

I have it everywhere.  In the SFG between the strawberries, by the 4 in 1 apple tree, under the Valencia, edging in between the Rosemary and Lavendar in the bed along the house, Wedging between the Camellias on the side of the house.  Next to the Nectarine, by the lemon, wedging between the wildflowers by the patio doors.

Yes, I have Borage.

Oh boy oh boy, does it get ugly.  It's a great Aphid trap plant here in SoCal.
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Post  sanderson on 9/9/2019, 7:15 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:Why, yes, I still have Borage.  

I have it everywhere.  In the SFG between the strawberries, by the 4 in 1 apple tree, under the Valencia, edging in between the Rosemary and Lavendar in the bed along the house, Wedging between the Camellias on the side of the house.  Next to the Nectarine, by the lemon, wedging between the wildflowers by the patio doors.

Yes, I have Borage.

Oh boy oh boy, does it get ugly.  It's a great Aphid trap plant here in SoCal.
rofl Yes, it's ugly at the end of the season.

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