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Growing Oregano, also Pot Marjoram

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Oregano in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Sow in garden, or start in seed trays. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-8 weeks. When flowers appear.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broccoli
  • "Pizza" oregano
    "Pizza" oregano
  • Oregano flowering
    Oregano flowering
  • Variegated Origanum
    Variegated Origanum

Perennial growing to around 45 cm (17") high. Cut the stems back to the ground to encourage new growth.

There are two main varieties.

"Greek Oregano" is the type normally associated with Oregano flavor.

"Common Oregano" or Marjoram has a less pungent, sweeter taste and is more commonly grown.

For best flavour harvest in the morning just after the dew has lifted.

Easily propagated from root division. It can be hard to germinate seed. Can be grown from cuttings.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Oregano

Used to flavour tomato dishes, soups, sauces and Greek dishes like moussaka

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Hi..I have come across a great recipe Jamie Olivers Spicy Lamb Shanks...Absolutely Yum if a meat eater....He suggests Oregano OR Marjoram. I I have used Oregano....I want to grow at my home....wondering why he chose between the 2 herbs....I googled and seems to have an Italian taste.....

- Tracey Flynn

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