When the Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension are done we'll have a kitchen full of fresh herbs.  Their series on growing your own herbs continues with Sage. 

Sage is reportedly the elder of all herbs.  In fact, Herbwisdom.com says it has "one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb."  Back in the day, it was used to treat wounds, cure coughs and sore throats and even consumed as a fertility drug.

The Master Gardeners have some tips on growing your own sage.

    • It can grow from seeds or from cuttings from the plant
    • If growing from cuttings, take them 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost
    • Space plants or cuttings in the ground 24-36 inches.
    • Grows best in areas with medium to full sun and well-drained soil
    • Plant near rosemary, cabbages, carrots, strawberries and tomatoes
    • Refrain from planting near cucumbers
    • Water young plants regularly until they are fully grown
    • Prune heavy wood stems every spring

While we know it's one of the key ingredients in our Thanksgiving meal, sage makes a great rub for any meat or fish, baking bread and soups or stews. Get more information on growing it and other garden vegetables with fact sheets at Cornell Cooperative Extension's website or call the Horticulture Hot Line at 315-736-3394 between 9 and noon Wednesday and Fridays.

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