Sage Ad­vice

Food - - Smart Living -

Afab­u­lous herb for the fes­tive sea­son, sage is not only won­der­ful in dishes from clas­sic stuff­ings to sausage rolls, it also makes a great dec­o­ra­tion. Try adding it to your Christ­mas wreath, mix it with pine cones for a ta­ble cen­tre­piece, or in­clude it in a flo­ral bou­quet.

While this is the right time to plant sage seeds in the garden, it is a slow de­vel­op­ing plant, so you’d be bet­ter grow­ing from a cut­ting, or buy­ing a pot herb.

Our friends at Su­perb Herb sug­gest keep­ing your ready-grown sage plant in a sunny spot – such as on the win­dowsill. Be sure to wa­ter young plants reg­u­larly, although be care­ful not to sat­u­rate.

If you choose to plant it out, pick a po­si­tion with sun and free-drain­ing soil, and space seedlings around 50cm apart. Prune heav­ier, woody stems each spring.

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