Sauge Sage Salvia Salbei
Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.
Position : Full sun.
Frost tolerant : Hardy only to about 15 degrees F, though winter protection can help. In cold winter areas, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.
Helps: brassicas, rosemary, cabbage, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, strawberry, tomato, marjoram
Avoid: any member of the allium family and common rue
Attracts: honeybees, cabbage butterfly
Repels: cabbage flies, carrot fly, black flea beetle, cabbage looper, cabbage maggot, repels many bean parasites
Sow and Plant :Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors in early spring. Plants started from seed may not bloom their first year.
Spacing :Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 3″ (40cm) row gap
Feeding : Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.
Harvesting :Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying from spring to fall.
Time to harvest: days
Troubleshooting :Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants.
Notes :One-year-old plants nursed through winter produce beautiful blue flowers. Sage grown in containers can be kept in a cold garage through winter.