Category Archives: Gardenins

Growing Sage

What. Two blog posts in one day. This is unprecedented. Not since my first day on livejournal where I made 30 posts in two hours have I had this level of blogging activity.

I’ve been making a reasonable amount of my own sausage lately (That should be another post, as soon as I’ve got the recipe down just right!), and one of the key seasonings I use is sage. At the moment I’ve been bumming it off my in-laws, since they have a pretty good-size bush, but I’ve finally decided that I should grow my own, for easier access, and heartier harvests. A quick trip down to Home Depot later, and I had everything I needed.

I don’t think I’ve grown anything since my Grandmother came out to visit from England, more than ten years ago now. I have very fond memories of her teaching me how to pot and transplant plants, and my parents’ back garden filled with flowers. She called them “Bizzie Lizzies”, I think – I have no idea what they’re called here in America, or if that’s even the official name in England! We spent a couple of days working on the flowerbed, and my sister and I picked out the colours we liked. We ended up liking all of the colours between us, so the flowerbed threatened to be a riot of disorganised colour, until Grandma pointed out that we could arrange them in a pleasing pattern. The end result was quite nice, and I think quite a few of the flowers kept popping up for many years – I’ll have to check to see if there are any left when I’m next up at my parents’.

Okay, fine, I’ll take five seconds on Google. It looks like “Bizzie Lizzie” is the common name in the UK, the proper name being Impatiens walleriana. Pretty, anyway!

So – sage. It’s all potted and planted now, three plants per pot, and hopefully most of them will flourish, so I can make huge quantities of well-seasoned sausage. Home Depot only had “Golden Sage”, so I got six of those. It smells great, and it’s the variety I was most looking for anyway. If I remember, I’ll take pictures and update on the progress every so often, along with anything else I add to the garden. I still have about a third of a bag of potting mix left, so I’m tempted to go and get something else… maybe some basil? That’s always nice to have fresh… but I chose sage because it’s apparently hard to kill, and I don’t think that’s the case with basil. Oh well, we’ll see!