OREGANO

Oregano is a perennial with light purple or white flowers and a taste reminiscent of thyme. Its taste is zesty and strong and is commonly used in Italian dishes. Oregano is a hardy plant and makes a good ground cover.


Planting

• Oregano loves the sun; ensure your placement has full, strong sun for strong flavor; some folks plant later in the season for assured warm weather.
• However, for a head start, plant the seeds/cuttings indoors 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. Use a soil-less medium.
• Oregano can easily be started from seeds, though you can also use cuttings from an established plant.
• Plant the seeds/cuttings in well-drained soil anytime after the last spring frost. The soil should be around 70ºF.
• For thin plants, plant 8 to 10 inches apart. The plants will grow 1 to 2 feet tall and spread about 18 inches.
• Oregano makes a good companion for any vegetable in the garden.

Care

• Allow oregano to grow to about 4 inches and then pinch or trim lightly to encourage a denser and bushier plant.
• Regular trimming will not only cause the plant to branch again, but also avoid legginess.
• Oregano doesn't need quite as much water as most herbs. As the amount of watering depends on many variables, just water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Remember that it's better to water thoroughly and less often.
• If you have a container, water until the water comes out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
• To ensure the best-quality plants, thin out plants that are 3 or 4 years old in the early spring. Oregano is self-seeding, so the plants will easily grow back.
• You can divide the plants in late spring if you want to put one indoors.

Pests

• Root and stem rots
• Aphids
• Spider mites •

Harvest/Storage

• Harvest the leaves as you need them. The most flavor-filled leaves are found right before the flowers bloom.
• You can freeze the leaves to use during the winter. Oregano leaves store well and are easily dried. Keep them in an airtight container once dried.
Recommended Varieties

• Greek oregano for cooking
• Common oregano for decoration (its lavender flowers look pretty in the garden and are also used in wreaths)

Recipes
Recipes using Herbs

Wit & Wisdom

Oregano tea relaxes nerves and settles an upset stomach.
Most of the information available on this page came from http://www.almanac.com/plant/oregano


ITALIAN OREGANO Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO Italian Oregano is a great tasting, healthy herb used as a food flavor and is delicious on pizza, in Mexican dishes, like salsas or chili-flavored dishes, and is especially great for Italian and Greek food and is often paired with basil. It is also used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents and perfumes Oregano has antispasmodic, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, and has been used to treat diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Oil of oregano can be used for sore throats and for use for colds. The essential oil can also be used on cuts or toothaches for its numbing and cleansing properties. To use this herb medicinally, make an infusion with fresh leaves in near-boiling water. Store fresh oregano in the refrigerator, wrapped in paper towels and enclosed in a plastic bag. Dried oregano, found with other seasonings in all supermarkets, should be stored away from light, heat, and moisture for up to 1 year; crush in the palm of the hand to release its flavor.

My personal remedy for sore throat –
Sometimes I add a few drops of oil of oregano to water and drink it when I have a cough or sore throat. Remember to only use 2 - 3 drops in a full glass of water. It can be very strong.