Preparation for the Herb Sage


Sage is a hardy perennial herb with woody stems and oblong leaves. The leaves are woolly in texture and grey-green color that is lighter on the underside. Sage grows 2 to 3 feet in height, and spreads 2 to 3 feet in width. There are many varieties of sage grown as an ornamental plant, in herb gardens, and for its medicinal qualities.

Step 1

Determine a place in the garden to plant sage. Choose an area with at least six hours of sun per day. Allow 2 to 2 ½ feet between sage and other plants.

Step 2

Dig a hole two times as deep and wide as the root ball of the sage plant. Mix one shovel-full of commercial or homemade compost into the hole.

Step 3

Place the sage plant in the hole with the roots spread out. Holding it upright, fill in the hole with dirt. Press down lightly so roots are secure.

Step 4

Water thoroughly. Water should drain into the ground easily.

Step 5

Add one shovel-full of compost as a side-dressing. Spread it in a circle around the plant, 3 inches away from the center stem. It will act as mulch, continuously feeding nutrients into the soil. Mulch also helps retain water.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Shovel
  • Compost


  • West Virginia University Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener
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Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."