Sage, Not A Sage

I’m learning this gardening thing; thus the journal. I don’t profess to know it all, although my children still think I do. So when we first started the backyard garden, my husband told me to pick up a sage plant. We use a lot and a lot of fresh dried sage in the fall would be a delight for our recipes.
I found pineapple sage at the garden store and fell in love with its fragrance. “We’ll figure out what to do with it,” I thought. “At least, Gary should know how to cook with it.” Gary cooks, I don’t, except for pasta, rice and an occasional “no fear night” dinner. That means you eat what I fix and pretend you like it.
Meanwhile, I planted the sage in our vegetable garden on the side with the other herbs.
It’s growing out of control and if we didn’t use so much cilantro it would have covered it by now.
I just learned at the Master Gardeners workshop this week that pineapple sage grows very large and produces red flowers in the Fall. It’s great for a butterfly and hummingbird garden but not good for my little garden.
I have to move it and have the perfect spot next to the vegetable garden where I usually hang a hummingbird feeder. I’ll put it there this weekend. First I’ll have to make sure the sprinkler system, that we never use, does not run through that area. Then, I’ll dig a hole and put both soil and mushroom compost in the hole along with the plant. The soil there is currently just clay so the compost/fertilizer and additional soil should help it grow.
I can’t wait to see how big it gets and if it actually will attract hummingbirds to my yard. Last year with the help of a big red patio umbrella, I finally got 2 pairs of hummingbirds at the feeders. They also tried to feed at the umbrella.
Here is a great article I found about pineapple sage: http://www.herbcompanion.com/Herb-Profiles/HERB-To-KNOW-PINEAPPLE-SAGE.aspx

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