Aloha Earth fam, in the following some amazing Growing tips for the beautiful and powerful Sage – Organic Plant care, companion plants and hacks to grow vibrant abundance of healthy sage Plants for smudging, tea food and beauty!
Are you also a fan of the aromatic and versatile perennial herb, sage? If you want to enjoy an abundance of fresh sage in your garden or containers, we have some amazing tips and organic techniques aswell as the best plants that grow well with sage and benefit mutually. All that can help you grow sage prolifically.
Choosing the Right Variety: Start by selecting the right variety of sage for your garden and climate. Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is popular for its culinary uses, while other varieties like purple sage, golden sage, and tricolor sage offer unique flavors and vibrant foliage.
Ideal Growing Conditions: Sage thrives in well-draining soil (Loamy ~ sand and even gravel in the bottom of the soil mix), so ensure that your garden bed or container has good drainage. It also enjoys full sun, so find a sunny spot where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Care Tips for Sage
- To keep sage leaves dry and prevent fungal diseases, avoid overhead watering and mulch around the plants with organic material such as straw or bark chips.
- To keep air flow around the plants, avoid overcrowding them and remove any dead or diseased foliage. You can also grow sage in pots or raised beds to improve drainage and ventilation.
- To protect sage plants from pests such as caterpillars, aphids or spider mites, inspect them regularly and remove any infested parts by hand or with a blast of water. You can also use organic insecticidal soap or neem oil spray to control them.
Watering and Soil Care: Sage is a low-maintenance herb and doesn’t like overly wet soil. Water it regularly but avoid overwatering as that can lead to root rot. Organic mulch can help retain moisture, feed it with nutrients and suppress weed growth.
Pruning and Harvesting: Pruning sage regularly promotes bushier growth and helps prevent legginess. Once your sage plants are established, you can start harvesting the leaves. Remember to snip the leaves from the stem, leaving a few inches of growth to encourage regrowth.
Fertilizing Naturally: Give your sage plants a boost of nutrients using organic fertilizers. Compost or well-rotted manure can be applied around the base of the plants during the growing season. Avoid using synthetic fertilizers as they can harm beneficial soil organisms.
Pest and Disease Management: Sage is generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common issues like powdery mildew or aphid infestations. If needed, treat these problems with organic pest control methods like neem oil or insecticidal soap.
By following these tips and organic techniques, you can ensure a bountiful harvest of sage in your garden. So get ready to add fresh, aromatic flavors to your culinary creations and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful herb. Happy gardening!
Note: always consult a local organic Landcare professional, permaculture or organic Regnerative gardener and farmers.
Companions ~ What grows well with sage and what doesnt
According to my research, the best beneficial and companion plants for sage are:
- Rosemary: Rosemary is a drought-tolerant herb that belongs to the same family as sage and thrives in similar conditions. Rosemary can repel some pests that may bother sage, such as cabbage moths, carrot flies and bean beetles. Rosemary also attracts bees and butterflies that can pollinate sage flowers.
- Brassicas: Brassicas are vegetables from the cabbage family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts. Sage can help protect brassicas from insects like cabbage worms, flea beetles and aphids by emitting a strong scent that deters them. Sage can also enhance the flavor of brassicas when cooked together.
- Beans: Beans are legumes that can fix nitrogen in the soil and benefit sage and other plants nearby. Beans can also provide shade and support for sage plants in hot and windy areas. Sage can help beans by repelling Mexican bean beetles and other pests.
- Thyme: Thyme is another drought-tolerant herb that grows well with sage. Thyme can deter slugs, snails and spider mites that may damage sage leaves. Thyme can also attract beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings that can prey on pests.
- Carrots: Carrots are root vegetables that can grow well with sage. Sage can help carrots by repelling carrot flies, which lay eggs on the roots and cause them to rot. Carrots can also benefit from the nutrients released by sage decomposing leaves.
- Parsley: Parsley is a leafy herb that can complement sage in the garden and in the kitchen. Parsley can attract beneficial insects like hoverflies, lacewings and parasitic wasps that can control pests like aphids, whiteflies and scale insects. Parsley can also improve the soil quality by adding organic matter.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are fruiting vegetables that can benefit from sage companionship. Sage can help tomatoes by repelling tomato hornworms, which are large caterpillars that feed on the leaves and fruits. Sage can also improve the flavor of tomatoes when planted nearby or used as a seasoning.
- Oregano: Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that shares similar growing requirements with sage. Oregano can help sage by repelling cabbage butterflies, cucumber beetles and squash bugs. Oregano can also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden.
- Nasturtiums: Nasturtiums are edible flowers that can add color and beauty to the garden. Nasturtiums can help sage by attracting beneficial insects like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Nasturtiums can also act as a trap crop for aphids, which prefer them over sage and other plants.
- Strawberries: Strawberries are sweet fruits that can grow well with sage. Sage can help strawberries by repelling slugs, snails and spider mites that may eat the fruits or leaves. Sage can also provide mulch for strawberries by shading the soil and retaining moisture.
Some plants that you should avoid planting near sage are:
- Alliums: Alliums are plants from the onion family, such as garlic, onion, leek and chive. Alliums can inhibit the growth of sage by competing for nutrients, water and space. Alliums can also affect the flavor of sage by making it more bitter or pungent.
- Basil: Basil is a tender herb that does not grow well with sage. Basil needs more water and fertilizer than sage, which prefers dry and poor soil. Basil can also attract pests like slugs, snails and aphids that may spread to sage.
- Cucumbers: Cucumbers are vining vegetables that need a lot of water and space to grow. Cucumbers can overwhelm sage plants by shading them or tangling them with their vines. Cucumbers can also attract pests like cucumber beetles and squash bugs that may harm sage.
- Mint: Mint is an invasive herb that can take over the garden if not controlled. Mint can compete with sage for nutrients, water and space. Mint can also cross-pollinate with sage and affect its flavor and quality.
- Potatoes: Potatoes are tuberous vegetables that need a lot of water and fertilizer to grow. Potatoes can deplete the soil of nutrients and moisture that sage needs. Potatoes can also attract pests like potato beetles and blight that may infect sage.