Monday, October 19, 2015

Great Gonzos

It was full when I started, I swear
The lovely and gracious Rogue insists that the whole house smells like a Nugent concert. To me, it holds the bouquet of an Algonquin sweat lodge, at least before everyone starts sweating.  The  culprit, of course, is sage.  And it kicks out a heck of a fume.

This hearty perennial has found a semi-permanent home in my sand pit, and while I dried but a single plant tonight*, I have about a dozen left to go.  Needless to say that we are not going to spend the next dozen nights with all the ladies fussing about the atmosphere.

So while drying them in the dehydrator is probably the easiest and fastest method, the rest are going to be hung like tobacco in the barn on a long string for a couple weeks, in hopes that the leaves dry before they freeze.**

It's probably best that way anyway: I'm going to need to get used to drying things the traditional way.  But I really, really love the smell kicked out by my dehydrator. Now, if only I can figure out what I'm going to do with so much sage leaf before I double the number of plants next year...

* Technically, it's not dried yet. It's just been banished to the pantry so Rogue can get some well-earned sleep.
** Freeze warning has been kicked back from Halloween into November, so there is hope.


  1. Hmm... You might be able to sell some of it. Perhaps you know a vender at the farmers market who would offer it on commission? It sounds like you try to give it away, so there is that. And, yes, I love sage. Sage, thyme, and if I had a little domestic and shopping help, another 30 or 40 more. That sounds like a lot. Better to have it coming, end up "losing" some (or a lot), and have stores for a hard year (or two), than to be caught flat-footed.

    Plus... it's got to be fun to diy such a little treasure, many of them. You aren't losing, compared to store prices. Especially at that quality.

  2. Sage is used in sausage, I think. Now you need a hog.

  3. We had a pair, named RB and Hazel, some 15 years ago. Never again.

  4. My tobacco got frost-bit last week. I waited a bit too long to cut it. Really knockes back the quality.

    1. How long a season do you need to make planting worthwhile?

    2. Depends on how long you want to baby the plants indoors. They need a long time to sprout, and then they just sit there, so tiny that they are hardly visible for what seems like weeks. Suddenly, the little plants are about an inch tall and can be transplanted outdoors. Once they get started growing, they grow fast, and you could start harvesting lower leaves in a few months.
      From planting the seeds to harvesting is about 5 months, with at least the first month or month and a half indoors. Very easy crop except the time it takes indoors. Once transplanted, basically ignore them.

  5. tobacco is viable quite a ways north, too.

    when i was in Wisconsin, we bought a bunch of surplus 3/4"x3/4" stakes ( for utility construction marking ) from a tobacco farmer who was retiring. this was north of Madison.

    i'm not posting much yet, but the address is:


    WI and MA look to be the northernmost US production. wikipedia has a world map which shows significantly more northerly tobacco growth in Europe and Asia.