Kitchen gardening

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Sage (scientific name salvia officinalis) comes from the Latin word “salvare”, which means “to cure”. It’s a very apt name as sage has a host of healing properties, helping to ease ailments ranging from sore throats to insect bites. Here’s how to grow this attractive, evergreen perennial.

Growing tips :

  • Sage grows best in full sun in well-draining, sandy soil. If you have clay soil in your garden, then it’s best to plant sage in a pot on a sunny patio.
  • Sage is a hardy plant, and it doesn’t respond well to being watered too often.
  • Sage grows to a height of approximately 30cm and has grey, velvety leaves and delicate, blue flowers in spring.
  • Sage is an excellent companion plant for strawberries, carrots and cabbage.

Uses :

  • Steep sage leaves in boiling water and use the “tea” as a mouthwash or gargle to ease sore throats and mouth ulcers.
  • Take the sting out of insect bites by rubbing them with fresh sage leaves.
  • Sage complements the flavour of cheese, butternut, pumpkin and pork. Sage and onion stuffing is delicious with roast chicken.

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