[custom_frame_center shadow=”on”]How to grow sage[/custom_frame_center]
Sage is an evergreen, perennial herb that grows to 30 centimetres in height. It’s a pretty plant with greyish-green leaves and purple flowers on spikes that emerge in late spring and summer (the flowers attract bees).

The basics of how to grow sage are fairly simple. Plant sage in containers in a warm, sunny location or in the garden in well-drained soil. Allow the plants to grow unharvested for the first year; the leaves can be harvested at any time thereafter, although they are considered best before or just after blooming. Prune after flowering to keep the plants attractive and to prevent them from getting too woody.

Once your sage plants are established, water them infrequently as they do best with what one writer describes as ‘a bit of benign neglect’. If you harvest the leaves regularly, the plants will need feeding twice a month with a diluted liquid fertiliser.

Sage is a good herb for winter dishes, especially pork, sausages, lamb, vegetables and eggs. See this week’s featured recipe for a Mothers Day Omelette with Sage and Gruyére Cheese.

Acknowledgements & Photo credits

1. Sage photo by aomorikuma (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P2) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons