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Sage Growing Tips and Advice

Sage, a strong and slightly bitter herb, adds flavor to stuffing for meat products such as poultry or pork. The drier the picked sage, the better for cooking! This perennial plant loves lots of sun in soil that drains well. Sage doesn’t want too much water, because it begins to have mildew problems. Common sage grows 2 to 3 feet or more in height and tends to sprawl.

Planting Sage

Start from seed or cuttings. Since sage starts to grow slowly, you can seed indoors and transplant in late spring when plants are roughly 3 inches tall. Space plants 2 to 2 ½ feet apart. Harvest lightly in the first year and no later than the beginning of September. The plants eventually become woody and should be renewed every 3 to 4 years. You’ll want to pick the leaves (usually after the second year) before or at blooming, which usually occurs in midsummer. Then cut back the stems after your sage blooms.


Days to germinate: 9

Interested in cooking with sage? Learn about the Culinary Uses of Sage from Willow Pond Farm.

 

Tips for growing other vegetables:

Pumpkins
Lettuce
Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Spinach
Peppers
Parsnips
Turnips
Okra
Melons
Broccoli

Tips for growing other herbs:

Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Garlic
Chives
Dill
Basil
Cilantro
Saw Palmetto

Thyme
Oregano
Lemon Balm
Calendula

Lavender
Catnip



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