I’m growing a couple of new-to-me herbs this year, borage and burdock. Here’s a little about each.
This is borage. Both the flowers and leaves are edible, and they taste like cucumbers. I’ve been sampling the plant as it grows, and I like the taste, but my husband tried it and did not like the texture. I’ve read that borage can get as tall as 3 feet, but these plants are closer to 1 foot at the moment. I have just a few borage plants in among a few other herbs and vegetables, including chives and cucumbers. It’s an unusual looking plant, but I think the flowers are pretty. Borage is also supposed to be a good plant for bees.
And this is burdock, a plant that is usually grown for the roots, which are harvested and eaten like other root vegetables. It’s popular in Japan. If left alone, these biennial plants will produce a flower stalk in the second year, but I’ll dig them up in the fall and harvest the roots. Looking forward to seeing how that goes! I planted this burdock in a bed with two other crops that were harvested earlier in the season – lettuce and purslane. That actually worked out well. I was able to harvest those crops while the burdock plants were still small, and then they gradually filled in the extra space.