Growing oregano offers the gardener and Italian cook many great opportunities in the kitchen. It is easy to grow, even for the beginning gardener.
Plant your oregano in light soil where it will receive full sun. It can also be grown quite beautifully in pots, which will allow you to bring it indoors for the winter so that it can keep producing.
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Oregano is easily grown from seed. Other than the occasional watering during droughts, you can more or less let it do its thing after planting without tending to it. There are many varieties to choose from, and depending upon where you live, you may be able to grow some as a perennial. Oregano can also be grown from the cuttings of an established plant.
Plant your oregano where it will receive full sun, and be sure that the soil mixture is light enough and has good drainage.
Seeds can be planted in spring or fall. Be sure to space plants out, particularly if you live in a humid area.
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Oregano will flourish in full sun but will not tolerate being overly wet, so keep the soil a little on the dry side.
Cut the plant back at least twice during the growing season for best results, but leave a good amount of growth in the fall to sustain the plant through the winter.
Oregano can be harvested once the plant is about eight inches high (or when the leaves are large enough to suit your preference), and you can pick leaves as you need them all season. The flavor of the leaves is most intense just before the plant blooms.
Throughout most of the summer, oregano will be covered in flowers. The flowers will not affect the flavor of the leaves, so you can leave them on the plant… they’ll dry out on their own in the fall.
Oregano can be used fresh or dried, but most people prefer the flavor of dried oregano as it is a bit mellower.
To dry the leaves, tie bouquets of oregano with string and hang upside down or lay them on screens in a warm dry place until the leaves are crisp. Store in glass jars.
To preserve the oils in the leaves, do not crush them before storage. You'll get the best flavor when the leaves are crushed just before they are added to food.
The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Oregano. For more information about preventing and controlling them, see Organic Garden Pest Control.
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