How to Grow Oregano Herb Plants
Perennial, Origanum Vulgare
There's nothing better than fresh herbs. I'll take 'em fresh any day, over
the freeze dried stuff you get in stores. You will certainly notice this
difference, the first time you grow and use fresh Oregano herb.
Oregano is a popular herb in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Can you imagine
a pizza or spaghetti sauce without any Oregano in it!?!
Oregano plants are closely related to Marjoram. They are a member of the
Mint family. This herb is native to Europe and Central Asia, thriving in
dry, arid regions. These plants grow two to four feet.
Many herbs, including Oregano, can be grown as a houseplant. Place them in
a sunny window, and watch 'em grow! After your have enjoyed them all winter,
plant it outdoors after all danger of frost.
If you have limited space, try this herb in a container on your patio or
Grow Oregano from seed. Get an early start on this popular herb, by starting
it indoors as a houseplant. Or, directly sow Oregano seeds into your garden
in the spring.
Sow Oregano seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil.
Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart, in rows 18 inches apart.
How to Grow Oregano Herb Plants:
Oregano plants are easy to grow. The plants grow best in full sun, and a
well drained soil. They will do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil
conditions. Being native to arid regions, Oregano withstands droughts very
well. Water them during dry periods, once every week or two.
Tip: Do not add fertilizer to this plant, and it will produce a stronger
Pinch back the growing tips of the plant, to promote bushier growth.
Pick flower buds as soon as they appear. The leaves turn bitter after flowers
Harvest leaves at any time after the plant has produced a few dozen leaves.
Pick the young, tender herb leaves, as they are best for flavor. Harvest
in the morning, when the oils are strongest. Spread leaves out to dry in
a cool and ventilated area. Leaves can also be put in the freezer for later
Main Cooking Uses:
Oregano is a "must have" for Italian and Continental cuisine. You just can't
have spaghetti sauce or pizza without this herb.
Oregano also spices up many tomato recipes, meats, stews, breads, and stuffing.
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