I used to have sage…. One of the first edible plants that I grew. However, it was in a fancy pot with lots of holes for various herbs or flowers. So guess what happened?

It was impossible to keep watered. Any liquid just poured straight out the openings. Not a great design!

All the same, I did enjoy it while it lasted. And I learned something about cooking with herbs: raw they are great fresh but they keep their flavour better if dried when cooking.

Moving forward four years, I recently bought a long-awaited sage plant to go in the herb garden I finished preparing yesterday. Perhaps I should have hardened it off before planting it out but it was getting rather pot-bound and I am sure it is strong enough to withstand a few cool nights.

Besides, the second hugel bed does need something in it to make it look a little less bare. (The first hugel bed in the herb garden is currently being used to grow carrots and coriander. The carrots aren’t growing as quickly as I’d hoped but I should think they will be ready before the end of the season!)


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Sage

  1. Hey Helen .. my neighbour has a sage plant which no one can kill! It is amazing. Huge, healthy, happy. I am envious of course as I give mine loads of TLC, fertiliser and watering when needed. Is it working? No! Good luck with yours – I love fresh sage.

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