Oregano is a herb probably most commonly known and used on pizzas. It can be grown both inside and outside your home so you can grow and enjoy fresh oregano no matter where you live. This amazing herb is a great source of fiber, vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. Oregano also contains folate, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium in oregano. Besides excellent health benefits it will also add tasty flavour to your soups, salads, sauces or many other dishes. Use this great advices on how to grow it in your own home.
First thing before you start planting would be to choose the best spot to plant your oregano. It is a herb that prefers full sun. If you live in a colder part of the world it might be better to plant your herb inside. You can easily transfer the pot with the oregano outside after it gets warmer.
Plant oregano out after all danger of frost has passed. Put your oregano seeds around 30 centimeters apart, 60 centimeters deep or bury clippings a little bit more then one centimeter deep. Be patient while awaiting for your seedlings to emerge from the ground if you decide to plant oregano seeds. They sprout quite slowly.
Oregano grows best when the soil is moderately fertilized. Normally you won’t need to add compost or fertilizer in order to make it thrive well. The herb grows best in a soil which is sandy, well drained and relatively dry. During the first few months of growth you have to water your plant regularly and once it is established, you can reduce the amount.
Water your oregano regularly but be careful not to over do it. You should wait for the soil to go completely dry before next watering. You can check the soil around the plant with your finger if it feels dry. When you are watering it, you should do it moderately. When planted in container, should be treated in a similar way to outdoor grown oregano.
In order for your oregano to grow thicker you should trim it. Use a pair of scissors to cut the leaves and ends of your plant. You will notice the herb will branch at that point where it will be trimmed. It will also help to prevent excessive stem growth.
The best time to harvest oregano is in early summer, just before the plant starts blooming. At that time the herb reaches its peak potency but the plants can be harvested anytime once they have reached around 13 centimeters. Try always to pick up oregano leaves in the morning.
There is more then one way to dry oregano for preservation. You can pull off the tiny leaves and dry them separately or you can dry the whole stem. Hang bundled stems together in a dry and dark place but try not to bundle them together too densely. Turn it around several times during this process.
Oregano leaves are usually stored dried but you can also freeze them. Once the leaves are completely dry you can easily remove them for storage. You need to store them in a dark and dry location in order to preserve the most flavor. It is best to use glass bottles or plastic containers which are airtight. Best flavor of dry oregano will last for up to six months.
There is not many problems that can affect oregano. It is not likely that it will get affected by some disease but it can be harmed by whitefly, spider mites, and Powdery mildew. On the other hand the herb will act as a good repellent of aphids.
10. Good neighbors
Oregano is a really good companion plant for many different plants. It grows especially well with tomatoes, broccoli, basil and peppers. The herb will protect some other plants against certain pests. When it is allowed to freely spread among the peppers it can provide ground cover and humidity.