Sage - Salvia officinalis
  • Sage - Salvia officinalis

    $4.00Price

    20 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.

     

    I have my sage growing in my front wild garden to keep it protected from the harsh frost.  This plant grows to a small shrub (1m x 1m) that I keep pruned to keep its shape.  Every year when it bursts into flower people always ask what it is.  They are stunned when they are told it is the common sage.  My point here, is to think out of the box when growing plants especially herbs as they don't need to be confined to the herb garden.  

     

    Sage enjoys full sun and well drained soil.  It is a fuss free plant that is very easy to grow.  It is drought tolerant but needs protection from harsh frost.  It is really that simple.  The flowers and stunning and the bees adore them.  They make an excellent feature plant towards the back of the garden.  

     

    Sage leaves are a popular herb for cooking, adding an unique, slightly peppery flavour to dishes like roasts.  

     

    Harvesting Sage

    You can expect to start harvesting leaves at around 75 days from planting seeds.  However, only harvest a few as the plant needs concentrate on establishing itself. For the best flavour, harvest before the plant starts to flower. In areas that are really cold, stop harvesting about two months before your projected first frost.  This will allow the new tender growth to establish.  Never take off more than a third of the plant at one time. Leaves are best used fresh but can be dried or placed in the freezer (in a bag) for up to three days.  To dry, hang sprigs upside-down in a cool, dark, well-ventilated spot. Once the leaves are brittle, strip them from the stem to store in an airtight container. The flavour will be more intense if you dry whole leaves and crumble them as needed.

     

    Seeds can be planted directly in the garden after the last frost or you may wish to start them off in pots. Cover seeds lightly with potting mix as light aids germination.  Water and keep damp but not wet. Grow seedlings onto a good size before planting out.