The commonly used oregano planted in many gardens is the Greek oregano variety. Another variety, the Golden oregano is typically grown as an ornamental plant instead of being used for cooking.
Just take note that the leaves can be harvested, but it provides a milder flavor than the Greek oregano.
Oregano is basically a perennial plant that tends to over-winter and continue to produce fresh herbs every year.
The plant cannot endure extremely harsh winters, thus you should only plant oregano if your area has mild or tolerable winters.
If you are going to plant oregano in your garden, you can start with seeds outdoors while seedlings for indoors. It is best to plant seeds in your garden either directly in the ground or in containers or pots. You have to plant your seeds early in spring, 2-3 weeks before the expected last frost.
If you decide to start with seedlings indoors, you still have to transplant them out in your garden after the frost. For the spacing, the plants should be 12 inches apart. Once they reach maturity, they can reach about a foot and a half tall.Make sure that the seeds have shallow covering of soil since they require light in order to germinate.
As a perennial, oregano should be given a good spot. With these plants, you can harvest from it for 3-5 years before they become too woody. Allowing the plants to freely seed every year can renew the plant every season. In case your plants naturally seed, perform thinning the following spring so that you will end up with more plants.
The best way to keep oregano flavorful is to plant them once they are dry and avoid using extra fertilizer. Do not forget to trim the plants regularly in order to prevent them from becoming woody and creating leaves that are less flavorful. Once the plants start to blossom, take out the flowers as soon as possible. If the plant bolts and creates seeds, the leaves are no longer packed with great flavor.
Oregano can thrive well if it is planted in a container. If it is potted, it can grow indoors. Just make sure that the plant is provided with a 10-inch pot along with light sandy soil. When growing indoors, you need a location that has direct exposure to the sun. Only water the plants if the soil is dry and do not apply fertilizer more than one every year.
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