Grown in the slopes and plains of the Great Plains, sage plants make an excellent companion plant for culinary enthusiasts. This low-growing perennial grows up to six feet tall and is ideal as a companion plant for culinary herbs, especially sage, Rosemary, and tarragon. In addition to its culinary use, sage adds flavor to baked goods and bread. Most gardeners agree that sage is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Growing garden sage offers many advantages over other popular culinary herbs such as basil, parsley, and oregano.
Sage has many uses. Cooking With Sage appeals to people who enjoy cooking with a bit of flair. Because it is easy to grow, sage adds a touch of elegance to your kitchen. The flavor of sage also adds a pleasing familiarity that goes along with recipes. Because sage is so easily grown, growing garden sage is a great project for new gardeners or transplanting from seed. Planting growing sage is most successful when started in the early spring after frosts have been allowed to develop.
Sage planting begins with selecting the correct location. Sage should be placed in a sunny location for the best flavor. Once established, the sage will provide year-round color and aroma. It is best to mulch the soil around the base of the plant with well-draining soil and fertilizer.
For a bright and healthy garden, common sense must be followed. Planting a garden sage in the wrong place can cause you to be frustrated because the herb just won’t thrive. First, decide on the location where the sage plant will be planted. Make sure it receives ample water and sun throughout the day. Be sure to mulch the soil around the base of the plant to help conserve moisture.
One of the most popular sage plants uses is culinary. Sage is the commonly used herb for poultry seasoning and Thanksgiving stuffing or dressing. There are several different recipes where sage leaves can be added to food. Some recipes call for grated sage leavesor rubbed sage leaves, while others use the herb’s natural flavor.
In Mexican cuisine, the flavor is known as piquant. It is used in dips and spreads, stews, chili, and stews. Also, sage is added to baked items and bread for added flavor. It has also become known as an ingredient in the flavorings used in salsas and dips.
In Greece, sage is often used as an appetizer or in salads. The seeds are often used in pickling recipes. Fresh sage leaves can be smoked for that smoky flavor in meat and fish. They have a tangy flavor in pickles and mayonnaise salads. And they have a mild flavor in yogurt, soups, and sauces.
Not only does sage provide a unique flavor in cooking, but it is also used as natural medicine. It has been traditionally used for various digestive problems and as a diuretic. It has been used to help with eye problems, help those who have diabetes, and aid in circulation and strengthen the kidneys and veins. Sage tea is also common as a drink and can be used to treat such things as insomnia, fatigue, high blood pressure, and flatulence. Many people find that sage tea is a pleasant and healthy drink.
To help your garden in other ways, such as beautifying your landscape, you should plant sage alongside other annuals and perennials. You will create a well-draining soil that encourages roots for the many perennial plants you will want to grow—plant sage alongside shrubs and trees to add shade, beauty, and color to your garden. Sage makes a beautiful border plant between wooded areas and borders created by planted shrubs and bushes. It will anchor the ground between your shrubs and make your garden look very nice. If you plant sale in the spring, you will have a nice border planting before the frosts come in.
In addition to being an attractive addition to your landscape, sage plants also have many other uses. You can chew on sage leaves to help with digestion, the oil from the leaves can be rubbed on cuts and scrapes to relieve itching and pain, and the plant has a strong aroma which is great for cooking. It is often used in gazebos, conservatories, and exterior doors as well. Some people even use sage leaves on their skin to help with insect bites.
Even though sage plants are most commonly used for their edible leaves, they have other parts of the plant, which are often used for cooking. The tender leaves are often used in salsas and sauces. The spicy and aromatic flavor of the sage adds a wonderful flavor to meats and vegetables. You can chew the leaves on your own or add them to soups and stews. The pungent taste of sage helps to alleviate stomach cramps and can help you sleep more soundly.