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Sage Advice

Think outside the recipe box. Savory sage can add spice to your cooking in ways that just might surprise you.

For many cooks, sage is the stuff of ... well, stuffing, and not much else. But this fragrant herb has many more uses than spicing up a Thanksgiving turkey.

How to Grow Sage

If you're familiar only with the slightly bitter taste of dried or rubbed sage, fresh sage is a delightful surprise. This herb is at its aromatic best immediately after picking, with a sweeter, more subtle flavor than you may be used to. To grow:

  • Start sage by seed indoors or out, or buy nursery plants.
  • Choose a sunny, well-drained location, and space the plants 3 feet apart. (A single plant provides plenty of leaves for cooking.)
  • Keep soil moist until the plant is established, then back off. 
  • After the plant blooms, cut it back to encourage more leaves. 
  • Harvest leaves when the plant is 8 inches tall.

Contact your local garden center or horticulture extension office to find out what grows best in your own backyard.

    Nov. 14, 2010 7:03 pm
    I grow sage in my backyard. Every year I harvested and dry it and give away to family and friends in mason jars- I use it in chicken soup,stew chicken and turkey.I love the flavor.
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