Savory Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

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Typical Zones Grown In:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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Savory is an aromatic herb that belongs to the mint family. It is a small shrub that grows up to 30 cm in height and is native to the Mediterranean. There are two main types of savory: summer savory and winter savory. Summer savory has a sweeter taste and is used in a variety of dishes, while winter savory has a stronger, more pungent flavour and is used more sparingly in cooking.

Savory is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine, particularly in Italian, Greek, and Turkish dishes. It is often used to flavour meats, stews, and sauces, and can also be added to salads and marinades. In addition to its culinary uses, savory is believed to have medicinal properties and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, coughs, and sore throats.

How to Grow Savory Organically

  1. Choose a planting site: Summer savory prefers well-drained soil and full sun. It can be grown in containers or in the ground.
  2. Prepare the soil: Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to improve fertility and drainage. Savory prefers slightly alkaline soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.
  3. Plant the seeds: Sow the savory seeds directly into the garden bed after the last frost. Plant the seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and 6-8 inches apart. Cover the seeds with soil and water gently.
  4. Water the plants: Savory needs consistent moisture to grow well. Water the plants regularly, especially during dry periods.
  5. Thin the plants: When the seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them to a spacing of about 12-18 inches apart. This will give the plants room to grow and reduce competition for resources.
  6. Fertilize the plants: Savory benefits from regular applications of nitrogen-rich fertilizer, such as compost tea or fish emulsion. Apply the fertilizer according to package instructions.
  7. Harvest the leaves: Savory can be harvested as soon as the leaves are large enough to use. Cut the leaves or stems as needed, but leave enough leaves on the plant to allow for continued growth.

By following these basic steps, you can grow your own summer savory and enjoy its fragrant leaves in a variety of dishes. Summer savory is a low-maintenance herb that is well-suited for beginner gardeners.


Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
When to Start Indoors:
March , April , May
Sprouting Time:
2-3 Weeks

Ideal Temperature (C):

1/4 inch
Spacing (cm):
25 cm
Row Spacing (cm):
15-18 inches
Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Maturity Time:
3-4 Months
When To Harvest:
May, June, July, August, September, October
How to Harvest:
Cut Leaves, Flowers

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Edible Parts:
Leaves, Flowers
Potential Health Benefits:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Anti-inflammatory

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
What Plants to Avoid:
Common Pests:
Aphids, Whiteflies, Spider Mites
Common Disease:
Downy Mildew, Root Rot
Bonus Grow Tips:
Plant in sunny location, harvest leaves when they are young

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