This week’s new addition to the Garden is Oregano. I want to talk about why you should grow it and how to grow Oregon in the Herb Garden. This aromatic herb also referred to as “wild marjoram,” originates from the hilly, Greek countryside. And is now grown all over the world including my garden in Ireland.
Why should you grow Oregano in the Herb garden
Oregano is a popular perennial herb that most people think of as a topping for Pizza. But Oregano also has a treasure of health benefits that most people don’t realize
Oregano originated in the Mediterranean has been a valuable part of both culinary and alternative medicine treatments for thousands of years.
There are actually two main categories of oregano: the Mediterranean (known as Common ) and Mexican Oregano. Common Oregano is actually closely related to mint. The Mexican Oregano is related to Lemon Balm
Health Benefits of Oregano
I grow Mediterranean Oregano and it obviously has similar health benefits to mints in the garden.
- Two of the most important components of oregano are rosmarinic acid and thymol, powerful antioxidants that help boost your immunity
- It has an antiseptic quality and is said to speed up white cells production.
- Like Mint it is said to aid digestion which is why it is added to food.
- It can help with bad breath!
- It is also said to be great for fighting colds
- Oregano Oil is an extraordinarily powerful natural antibiotic.
This wonderful herb also makes an exceptional companion plant for garden vegetables.It repelling insect pests that commonly affect Broccoli, Beans and Tomatoes. And attracts insects that feed off of Aphids.
How to Grow Oregano in the Herb Garden
Oregano can be brought as ready-grown plants from garden centres or grown from seed.
Sowing Oregano Seeds
Common oregano can be started from seed sown indoors from February to May.
- Fill a small pot with seed compost and sow a few seeds on the surface.
- Cover with a light layer of sieved compost, water.
- Place them in a sunny location such as a window to germinate. Oregano seeds usually germinate within about a week or so.
- When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick three out into an 8cm (3in) pot of multi-purpose compost.
Oregano in the Herb garden
Oregano also grows well in containers so if you have a limited growing space, it is a great option. The plants also perform well indoors, when given enough light and warmth. Make sure wherever you put it, it is a warm, sunny well-draining spot as Oregano hates wet roots.
Although oregano thrives in a warm sunny climate, it is a hardy perennial that returns year after year if looked after properly.
Cut back dead stems to the base in winter. Plants do not like to be too wet in winter, so place pots in a sheltered spot and raise onto pot feet to allow excess water to drain away. For a winter supply of leaves, lift plants in autumn, pot them up, bring them inside to a well-lit spot.
Harvesting you Oregano
Oregano is best used as a dried herb – pick the leaves on a dry day and place them in a dark, dry and moderately warm place until they have thoroughly dried. They can then be stored in an airtight container as a whole or crumbled leaves – they will retain their flavour for three months or more.
For great flavour, pick leaves before the flower buds open. You can also freeze Orgeano if you have a large harvest.
Get you Oregano Quick grow Guide Below
I hope you enjoy this herb guide and you give this wonderful herb a try. If you this enjoyed this post why not try some other herbs posts
- What is Sorrel and Why to grow it.
- The Herb guides – Growing Chives
- Parsley in the herb garden
- How to grow a Mint Plants in the Organic Garden
- 10 great reasons to grow Lemon Balm
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