Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Pot Gardening--Almost Literally!

As fall is right around the corner--the temps are barely hitting 80 this week!--I've slowly been putting away the pots with dead plants in them.

Which brings me to a question.

Is Salvia a perrenial or an annual?

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I'm very pleased with the $2 salvia Chunky brought home from the Spring school plant sale fundraiser.

But I can't figure out if it's an annual or a perrenial. All of my googling just brings me to websites with pot-head wannabes showing off their salvia plants and their growing operations.

Because apparently you can dry salvia and smoke the leaves. The high is supposed to be like marijuana but not as long-lasting, and perfectly legal (in some states--not all!).

Before I go, I'll leave you with a shot of my compost bin.

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I'm heading into Year 3 with my compost bin. It's doing wonderful. I take my compost can out there once a week in the summer (once every other week in the winter) and empty it in the bin. I've got some earthworms that have taken up residence in there and the stuff is like black gold.

It doesn't smell and it doesn't attract animals (common complaints I've heard about composting in both urban and non urban settings)--and now that it's a couple of years old, the compost rate in the summer is amazingly fast than what it used to be. A week goes by and you can hardly tell what was dumped in there the week before it's so far gone!

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17 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

Here in MN, salvia is sold as an annual. But maybe that's because they don't want us little home gardeners to be tempted to smoke it. ;-)

8:06 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Salvia officinalis is a culinary herb and is also known as "sage." It is a perennial - at least in my garden, and I have a lot of it growing. It has kind of a thick, blue-green, fuzzy leaf, but doesn't really look like what you have there. The flowers are purple.

You may have salvia divinorum, which has "psychoactive" properties :).

Sage (probably not the kind I have ;) is often used in native practices as a "smudge", which is just one way of saying it's burned, usually in ceremonies, and it does have that kind of smell, and if one inhales the smoke it can make one a bit woozy (don't ask ;).

Anyway, I do dry the perennial sage in my garden, but I use it in cooking, and it's delicious as a rub for roasted chicken, especially with some cumin, salt and pepper ;).

8:50 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Rock on with your bad self... that's some awesome composting (vermiculture if you've got worms in there actually). Mine never quite got going, but I think that's because the bin I got was too big.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a compost bin that looks like that! Have you tried putting in paper? I'm thinking of ordering some worms off the net to get me started. But I am afraid that they might freeze in shipping.

As for Chunky's plant I have no idea!

Love, Mom

9:24 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I'm feeling a sudden desire to head to Armstrong to find Salvia. Followed by a stop at the grocery store to pick up some munchies.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Salvia is a perennial here. Gorgeous compost!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

There are many types of salvia, some annual some perennial. What you have is not perennial salvia or the herb sage(salvia officinalis is the latin name sage as Wendy noted) but common red salvia. It's an annual.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous elspeth said...

You're so lucky. We've got a compost that attracts raccoons. We're not about to get a dog to keep them out, but we're pretty desperate.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

According to Wikipedia, it depends on which species you have: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia

3:39 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Nice compost bin! Gardeners never have enough compost.

As others have noted, there are many kinds of Salvia. Yours (the kind with showy red flowers) is a tender shrubby perennial grown as an annual. It's possible to keep it indoors over the winter if you can give it warmth and lots of light, but subsequent flowerings aren't as pretty as the first year's. I'd enjoy it now and toss it when frost comes. The culinary and medicinal Salvias are different plants, so no nibbling or smoking this one!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

hehe..growing legal stuff ;) Coolness on the composting too! You can probably grow anything with that!

8:11 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I didn't know that about salvia, which was one of the few plants that would live in my front yard in San Antonio. It's definitely a perennial in South Texas, but I don't know about anywhere else.

11:47 PM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Good job on the compost! We've got a huge bin in the woods in front of our house and a happy population of ants and worms that love chowing down when we make a deposit. We actually have more dirt than we know what to do with.

It's like a little science experiment that never ends...

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

That compost bin looks very cool. I'll have to try that....WHEN WE BUY OUR HOUSE. lol

9:28 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

I'd never even heard of salvia. But... I'm not all that surprised potheads smoke the stuff. They'll smoke anything once.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

As someone already mentioned, salvia is also known as sage and is usually a perenniel.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I'm still a bit confused about the red salvia. I've seen it for sale here in Wisconsin as both which leads me to believe that it won't really overwinter here. While I think Jersey probably has a warmer winter, I doubt it will overwinter there, especially in a pot. I do have a returning sage plant but that is in a very sheltered spot. Do you cover the compost? I'd love to try making it in a small bin. I could keep that near the back door.

3:26 PM  

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