Thursday, June 4, 2015

How to grow oregano

If you like to make Italian food, you'll benefit from growing your own oregano. What's spaghetti or pizza sauce without the savory little herb?  

Oregano is my most successful herb, and here in Zone 9, it never really dies back in the winter. I checked the seed packet so I could tell you that the kind I grow is Origanum vulgare hirtum. There are many types of oregano, but the experts say to stick with English strains. Check with your ag extension service to see which specific types do well in your area.

Oregano is a perennial -- comes back year after year on its own -- in Zones 5 through 9. If you're in a colder zone, oregano is an annual -- needs to be planted every year.

Wherever you're growing it, oregano is going to like full sun and will reach up to 18 inches in height. Mine is more of a spreader, with the stems get up to 18 inches long.

If you're putting in oregano seedlings, space the plants about 10 inches apart. If you're planting seeds, you can plant the seeds close together then thin them to 10 inches apart once they start coming up.

Oregano is easy to grow, so why not put some in so you can harvest some fresh. - QC Karen

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