Summer savory 'Midget' is a compact variety. This fast-growing annual provides an abundant supply of leaves, growing quickly to a height of about 25cm (10"), with slender bronze green leaves and rose-white tubular flowers blooming from July to September. This herb has leaves that are so tender they can be added fresh to salads or used as a garnish. It is used in herb combinations, such as ‘Herbes de Provence’ and brings out the best in stews and vegetable dishes. It also shines as a seasoning for roasting meats, fowl, and fish. Bottling it in vinegar will preserve the fresh, summery flavor.
Sow the very tiny seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last frost. They should sprout in 10-21 days. Sow seeds on the surface of prepared starting mix. Do not bury them as they need light to germinate. Transplant the seedlings to the garden once all risk of frost is past. All savories prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Sow outdoors after all danger of frost. The seeds may be sown broadcast or in shallow drills, 22 to 30cm (9 to 12in) apart. Thin out the seedlings when large enough to do so and space to 15cm (6") apart in the rows. Keep the bed moist, as summer savory will die back in dry soil.
Soil Conditions: Well worked, loose soil. Sow the seeds on the surface of dampened, sterilized seed starting mix under bright light with bottom heat. Keep watering to a minimum. Herbs grow best in well-drained fertile soils, so a garden bed that is well prepared with plenty of organic matter will increase your chances of success. Maintain a soil pH of 6.5. After seeding or transplanting, keep the soil moist and well weeded. When seedlings are large enough, harden them off and transplant to the garden or to containers spacing them at 20 cm (8”) apart.
Planting Depth: (Surface seed and moisten seed). Lightly press into the planting medium.
Days to Maturity: Pick when plant is able to support harvesting.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: 20 cm (8”)
Additional Information: Open pollinated-untreated Seeds. Plant savory seeds for a lovely aromatic edging for the herb garden. Savory goes dormant in winter, but don’t be tempted to cut back the bare stems and branches. In early spring a fresh batch of leaves will emerge over the whole plant all at once. Savory is a durable plant and can be grown in a wide range of climates and conditions. It requires light, rich soil and full sun at least 6 hours per day, conditions that also make it ideal for growing indoors. Plant in an herb garden or in a bed with summer annuals, where it can be replaced in autumn. Savory also does well in containers. Remember to put a good layer of stones at the bottom for drainage and keep the plant on the dry side. A feed every month with general purpose liquid plant food will be enough. It can be grown indoors as long as it is placed on a sunny windowsill - it will stand direct sunlight with no problems. It prefers a location in full sun and average well-drained soil. Once it is established, savory herb does not require a lot of water. Savory plants do well in containers. The herb plants are very attractive to beneficial insects. Growing savory can be very rewarding!