Bringing In The Sage (Salvia officinalis)

My role in the garden must have been written in the Bhagavad Gita. I mow the lawn, pull and burn weeds with our English propane torch, but rarely plant or harvest anything, like picking flowers. Other than looking out for our few toads and the birds, my role is mostly destruction.

Today, I got to harvest sage.

Salvia officinalis (garden sage, common sage)

Our Sage Crop

Sage might not seem like a big deal, but it’s that all important spice around Thanksgiving and whenever you’re having roast chicken. For vegetarians, butter, good soup stock, sage, and other spices make good stuffing. If you have purchased spices lately, they are expensive. So, if you can grow your own, they are fresher and cheaper. My only exception is my beloved Bell’s Poultry Seasoning .

The freshly cut sage is providing a nice aroma to the house, and it is in its first stage of harvest.

Drying The Sage

Sage Processing To Start Drying

This first stage starts drying the sage on our closed in sun porch, where it his very warm and dry. This also allows all the spiders that might have been clinging to the sage to escape before getting into our house.

Bon Apetit!


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