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How to Grow Oregano Herb Plant

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Perennial, Origanum Vulgare

 If you are a herb gardener, chances are you grow oregano. Oregano is on of the most popular herbs in the kitchen, and in the garden. Oregano is a popular herb in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Oregano plants are closely related to Marjoram, and are members of the Mint family. They originated in Europe and Central Asia.

Oregano plants are easy to grow. They thrive in dry, arid regions. Plants grow two to four feet.

In addition to the herb garden, Oregano is also grown in containers on patios and decks. Try growing Oregano indoors as a houseplant. Grow inside all winter. Or, start them indoors in late winter, and transplant them outdoors in the spring. 

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How to Grow Oregano:

Oregano is easy to grow. Grow Oregano plants in full sun. Plants do well in average, well draining soils. They are tolerant of dry soil conditions, and withstand droughts well.

Grow Oregano from seed. Get an early start on this popular herb by starting it indoors as a houseplant. Or, directly sow seeds into your garden in the spring.

Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with soil. Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart, in rows 18 inches apart.

Do not add fertilizer to this plant, and it will produce a stronger flavor.

Water plants only during dry periods, once every week or two.

Pick flower buds as soon as they appear. The leaves turn bitter after flowers bloom.

Harvest leaves at any time after the plant has produced a few dozen leaves. Pick the young, tender leaves, as they are best for flavor. Pick them in the morning when the oils are strongest. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool and ventilated area. Leaves can also be put in the freezer for later use. More information on harvesting and drying herbs.

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Uses for Oregano:

Oregano is a "must have" for Italian and Continental cuisine. You just can't have spaghetti sauce or pizza without it.

It also spices up many tomato recipes, meats, stews, breads, and stuffing.

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