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Falling for Potted Sage



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Ever think about potting some Sage?  You may have tried basil, chives, rosemary, thyme but Sage is a wonderful choice for those who like to cook.  

Although sage is available both fresh and dried, we recommend using fresh.  Dried sage has a stronger more concentrated flavor that can sometimes be bitter.  If you are flavoring a soup, stew or pot of beans then dried is acceptable.  But, if you really want the sage flavor to shine you have to use fresh leaves.

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When looking for foods to pair with sage, think rich, starchy and sweet. Great with pork, potatoes, beans, grains, bread (think stuffing) and is fantastic on turkey, & pumpkin.  Try it with roasted apples & pears. Yummy!

When potting sage think of lots of sunshine and well draining soil. Use a garden pot with a drain hole because you don't want standing water on the roots. Place your pots in a kitchen window so they are close at hand while cooking or next to a kitchen back door so you can step out in all weather and clip off a few sprigs.

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Harvest individual leaves or springs several inches long. Rinse them to remove dust and gently blot with a kitchen towel.  Keep it dry because moisture will deteriorate it quickly.  It keeps in the refrigerator wrapped in paper towel for 2 to 3 days.

Lastly, if you haven't had fresh sage in the kitchen you are missing out on some great smells.  A small terracotta pot filled with sage is perfect on a center isle or in the window. You don't need much but it's well worth the effort.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2017 3:12:49 PM 

Happy Potted Herbs!




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Keeping potted herbs happy and healthy is very easy to do.  They like a minimum of 5 hours of direct sunlight every day.  Keep pots soil moist and well drained.  Remember, herbs grown in garden pots dry out quickly, so consider using containers at least 12" across.  Plant with a timed release, granular fertilizer in mid summer, or use a water soluble liquid.  Trim herbs frequently to prevent them from flowering.  When they do bloom, their flavor diminishes and growth of tasty new foliage slow.

Basically that is it.  Below, we will get more specific with the 5 most popular potted herbs.  Read more.....

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Chives:  With clumps of grass like leaves, chives are valued for their mild flavor and rosy purple flowers in spring.  They are especially easy to grow in potted planters because they tend to spread their roots and take over your garden when not contained.  Scatter seeds in a well draining pot with good potting soil.

Make sure the pot is placed in a sunny kitchen window or on a sunny patio area.  Garlic chives also called Chinese chives, have a mild garlic taste which is very popular.  They have flat leaves and white flowers.  They self seed so profusely that the only maintenance they require is cutting back to make sure they don't overtake the whole pot.

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Rosemary:  One of the easiest and most fragrant herb to grow, they require only plenty of sun and well draining potting soil.  This plant grows bushy so select a good sized garden planter.

It has greenish gray needle like foliage and blooms in winter.  They vary in height from 1 to 6 feet so make sure you get the correct seeds to fit your pot.  You can also clip them into topiares.  We love Rosemary in cooking. Stuff branches inside a chicken to roast, fill a vase with them and place on a kitchen counter for fragrance or use them in flower arrangements to add green foliage and smell.  Yummy!
 
Thyme, is one of the most beloved perennial herbs in any garden.  The aroma is warm and exotic and the foliage is finely textured.  While some selections of potted thyme are essential in the kitchen, others are among the most appealing herbs for landscaping and patio decorating.

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No matter what the season, thyme puts on a show.  It's evergreen foliage provides interest in the garden and is wonderful in any vase arrangement.  In early spring the flowers open, sprinkling the plant with spots of white, pink, lavender, or rose.
 
Sage:  is a small, mounding shrub 8 to 36" wide so make sure your garden planter is large enough.  Its velvety, gray green leaves are essential to flavoring many poultry and holiday recipes.  Try it in cooking and you will love it as much as we do.

Many colorful varieties exist.  Golden sage compliments terracotta pots and purple sage is great in bright glazed pottery.  The darker foliage blends well with rosemary, lavender and purple basil varieties.
 
The most popular herb that is grown in garden planters is basil.  From seeds it really easy and hardy and will save you money over store purchased.  Especially if you are a pesto fanatic.  Wait till mid May when the soil warms up in your pots to scatter the seeds.  Press them into the soil with your fingers and then gently water.  This plant is hardy and easy to transplant into other pots. 

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 8:38:06 AM 

SAGE - From Garden To Kitchen




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If you have never used sage in cooking than you are missing out.  A lot of people love to grow it in their gardens because of the lovely herbal aroma and soft fuzzy leaves.  But, if you only add a few fresh sprigs to a favorite recipe, you can transform it into a favorite.

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I personally love using sage in all my thanksgiving recipes.  It adds depth and flavor to the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and veggies. It just wouldn't be the same without a bunch of fresh sage sitting in my kitchen, while I prepare our holiday feast.

Cooking sage mellows it's aroma and flavor to a very appealing level.  Although sage is available both fresh and dried, we really like using fresh.  Dried sage has a stronger, more concentrated flavor that sometimes can be over powering.

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A potted sage plant sitting on a patio, or next to a back door, can yield tons of leaves.   Sage plants are tough and can withstand light frosts, making them available throughout the year.  They need lots of sunlight and do best in a well draining potting soil.  The more you harvest the leaves the more the plant will grow.  Be sure and rinse them before use and dry with a kitchen towel.  Keep it as dry as possible because moisture can make it deteriorate quickly.

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When it comes to selecting a pot to plant sage into
, terracotta is a favorite.  The clay is meant to breathe and therefore is good for the herbs root system.  However, any garden pot from ceramic, glazed, concrete, poly resin and fiberglass will all work fine.  The larger the pot the larger the plant will grow.  Eventually, it will fill the pot completely and become very hardy, so don't start out with a small tiny pot.  Anticipate growth.

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Finally, there are many different varieties of sage plants.  The most popular is the standard culinary sage (officinalis) which has gray green leaves and fuzzy texture.  But, there are lots of varieties that you can find a nurseries and garden centers.  Berggarten, Holt's mammoth, woodcote farm and variegated.....just try them out.  Each will look and taste a bit different.  Make this a fun and relaxing project.
 
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