Newest Review: ... is a good source of Vitamin A, making it a pretty decent antioxidant as well. Sage is very easy to grow and look after, and mine is thrivi... more
Member Name: CheekyCharlie08
Advantages: Yummier fresh than from the shop; Easy to grow
I have always loved growing herbs because even from seed they don't take long to start growing and I think it's fascinating watching something tiny sprout through and knowing you're going to be eating it soon.
One of the herbs I grow regular is sage because even though it's quite a slow grower it looks wicked and when the leaves are ready to be picked they are a lot herbier than dried sage.
Sage needs loads of light and well drained soil. I always start mine off in small pots and then transfer them to the garden when they are big enough to cope with the weather. I grow it from seed so that I can start them off at different times and harvest the herbs at regular intervals from the different sized plants.
We get full sun in our back garden and that's important for sage because it won't thrive if it's left in a dull place. Sometimes I have to move the plant pots from window to window when I'm growing it in the house because 2 days without full sun is enough to ruin your plant. Sage also withers quite quick if it gets cold, it will sometimes bounce back but not always so I wouldn't risk leaving it in a draught while the plant is still small. Once it's in the garden it'll be fine though so you haven't got to stress about the cold, the stem of the sage plant is quite brittle though so if it's forecast to be windy then you should tie the plant to a cane to prevent it breaking.
You can start picking the leaves as soon as they reach a good size, you can then use the leaves straight away or dry and chop them before putting into your herb jars. You can even freeze chopped dried sage so if you grow your own you should never have to buy it again!
Summary: A Wicked Herb To Grow From Seed