Sage is an excellent herb to grow in your garden, and will provide you and your family with an abundance of quality herbs. The best part about Sage is how simple and hassle-free it is to grow, harvest, and utilize. Keep reading for some basic instructions on how to grow Sage from the seed.
What You Need:
Hoe or Small Shovel
The first part of planting any new herb is to plan the process. First, you should decide where exactly you want the herb to grow. While some people like to plant their seeds directly outside, others choose to start growing them indoors in small planters and eventually transplant them to the outdoors. Either way, you should figure out which technique is right for you. If you do plan to grow your Sage inside your home to start, be sure to find a location that will provide them with heavy sunlight each day. This is also a perfect time to plan out the placement of your herbs if you are going to integrate the Sage into an already existing herb garden. Next, visit your local gardening store and pick up the essential items and tools you will need. Sometimes it helps to consult a professional who works at your garden store when choosing specific products, seeds, etc.
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to prepare to plant your herbs. If you are planning to start growing your Sage indoors first, prepare your planters by filling them with the fertilizer you picked up at the store. Make sure you have enough room for all of the planters and Sage plants to receive enough sunlight each day. Sage will not grow to its highest potential without a lot of sunlight. If you are planning to start your seeds outdoors, be sure to dig up the soil and pick out any rocks, sticks, grass, or other unwanted elements. Mix in some of your fertilizer and flatten out the area.
Planting the Seeds
Now it is time to actually plant the seeds. If you are starting indoors, be sure to plant the herb around 6 weeks before the frost will be completely gone. If you are starting outdoors, simply wait until the frost has passed to plant your seeds. Whether you are planting outdoors in a garden or indoors in a planter, simply place the seed on the surface and cover it over with some soil. There is no need to dig down and plant the seed deep into the earth; just about a quarter to a half an inch will do. Add some water to the soil and make sure it is padded down and not loose.
Caring for Sage
You have already completed the most grueling task involved in growing Sage; now all you need to do is care for it. As mentioned above, Sage requires quite a bit of sunlight each day, so keep it away from shady areas. Water the plant when it gets very dry outside, or about once or twice a week. Overwatering can harm the plant. If you add some fertilizer a couple times a year and follow these other steps, you will be using your own Sage in no time.