Broad Leaved Sage (or Garden Sage) has soft grey-green leaves with an aromatic flavour which makes a great addition to many dishes. This hardy perennial can either be grown in a pot or container or as an edible border plant.
Sage is not only an attractive and useful culinary and medicinal herb, but during summer its violet-blue flowers attract bees and butterflies. Sage is also a useful companion plant for cabbages and carrots as it repels both Cabbage white butterfly and carrot fly.
|When to Sow||Sow indoors in February to May, or outside from April to May.|
|Where to Sow||Grows best in light well drained soil, in a sunny position.|
|Sow seed on the surface of lightly firmed, barely moist seed compost in pots or trays, or into final growing position if sowing direct outdoors.|
|Cover with a sprinkle of finely sieved compost as they need some light to germinate.|
|What to do Next||If sown indoors, when seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots and harden off the plants for 7 to 10 days.|
|Plant them outside in their final growing position once the risk of frost has passed, 38cm (15in) apart.|
|Whilst the plant is still young keep the compost moist however once established, since sage is a drought resistant plant, do not overwater.|
|Harvest||March to October.|
|Handy Tips||Don’t over-harvest the plant in the first year to allow the sage time to become established.|
|You can hang them to dry, since sage keeps much of its flavour when dried.|
|You can also store fresh leaves in the refrigerator or freezer.|
|Companion Planting||Cabbage and Carrots as Sage repels cabbage white butterfly and carrot fly.|
|Nutritional Information||Sage is an excellent source of fibre, Vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and folic acid.|
|Serving Suggestion||Sage is a great addition to meat dishes and goes particularly well with pork and poulty. Use in stuffing's, stews and soups.|
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