Growing Oregano a Great Perennial

I love growing oregano. It is the first herb I ventured to plant in my herb garden.

I use oregano in all my Italian dishes and it really spices up any soup or sauce.

Oregano is a perennial in zones 5 to 9 but I have successfully grown it in our northern climate which is a zone 4.

Oregano can be planted close to the house on a south side or near walls to create a micro-zone.

Oregano is spicy with sweetness that is highly aromatic. I love to grab a handful from the garden and take a big sniff.

Greek Oregano has small yellow green leaves and spreads close to the ground.

It is a great plant to fill in around flowers. It has a spicy aroma.

Oregano grows to 18 inches and is most commonly used in cooking. Grows and spreads as the crown develops.

The leaf stems will root if they come in contact with the soil. Fairly hardy I have moved this plant several times around my garden and it just keeps growing.

Growing Oregano

Oregano can be planted from seeds, cuttings, crown division or plants. Oregano spreads so taking a division from a neighbor or friend is easy.

Dig a clump from the side of an established plant and plant in a sunny spot. Water well and keep moist until the roots become established.

Plants are available from local nurseries in the spring. Try different verities in the herb garden.

Oregano seeds are tiny but germinate successfully if started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before spring. Sprinkle seeds on top of moist potting mix in individual pots.

Push oregano seeds into the soil with your finger just until they make firm contact. Cover the pots with plastic to keep moist until the seeds germinate.

Plant oregano plants into the garden with the spring frosts are past. Oregano grows into a nice patch the first year.

Harvesting Oregano

Oregano can he harvested at any time when the plant reaches 6 to 10 inches. Trim off sprigs from the stems and use fresh.

For larger harvests trim all the leaves back in August or mid summer to within a few inches of the crown. This will promote new growth.

Just before winter in the north the oregano plants can be trimmed again. New growth will emerge the next spring.

The stems can be bundled and dried indoors.

When the leaves are crispy strip the leaves from the stems and store in a sealed container.

Soothing Oregano Tea

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried peppermint

Steep dried herbs in a cup of hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey.

Soothes sore throats and coughs.

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