Heirloom Herb Oregano

Seeds produce a plant that is a well-known member of the mint family. It is a mainstay in Italian, Spanish, and Mexican cuisine. Oregano is also used in herbal tea and of course, goes hand-in-hand with most tomato dishes. Greek oregano is also known as winter marjoram or Griechischer oregano.


How to Grow

Mix tiny seeds with dry sand to help space seedlings. Young plants grow slowly at first; a good hot spell encourages strong growth. Pick leaves lightly the first season; wait until the second summer to make bigger harvests, then cut leafy sprays often to enjoy in the kitchen. Given good drainage, this carefree Mediterranean native is hardy and long-lived.

In early spring, sow seeds thinly in a container of moistened seed starting mix, but do not cover over; oregano needs light to germinate. Provide a good light source. Keep evenly moist as seedlings slowly emerge over 10 to 21 days.