Oregano is an herb commonly used in Albanian dishes. It is a hearty plant that provides lovely medicinal properties in addition to its uses in the kitchen. It can be grown both in your home and outside, which means that no matter where you live, with a little time and care; you could be enjoying fresh oregano of your own be it your garden or your balcony vases.
Determining Your Method for Growing:
Choose between seeds or clippings
Oregano can be grown from seeds or clippings, so if you already have some oregano plants, you may want to use clippings instead of buying new seeds. When using seeds, you can generally expect that roughly ¼ of the seeds won't grow, so you may want to plant several.
Clippings should only be taken from established plants. You should wait until the roots of your plants are well developed and new growth begins appearing before taking clippings.
Select your planting location
Oregano is a plant that loves sunshine and soil that drains well, so you should choose a planting location that has these two features. If you live in a colder part of the world, you may want to start your plant indoors and transfer it outside when the weather warms up.
Oregano grows best in moderately fertilized soil, so no need to add compost or fertilizer for it to grow well.
Plant early for a head start
You can plant your oregano as early as 6 to 10 weeks before the last predicted frost of spring. However, in colder regions or during a cold snap, you may want to protect your plants with a layer of hay or plastic sheeting.
Plant your oregano
You'll want seeds or clippings to be buried 0.70 cm deep in the soil. You should be patient while awaiting your plants to emerge from the ground since seeds often sprout slowly, though indoor planting may see seeds sprout in less time.
Plants usually take between 8 - 10 days to sprout from the soil. However, your oregano may take more or less time depending on factors like soil quality, sunlight, and frequency of watering.
Water your oregano moderately
Opposed to many other herbs, oregano doesn't require much water to flourish. Check whether your plant needs water or not by touching the soil around it. If it feels dry, you should thoroughly water the area.
Trim your oregano for thicker growth
By trimming he leaves and ends of your plant, you can encourage the growth of denser leaves. Wait until the plant is about 10 cm tall, and use a pair of scissors to lightly thin the outer growth.
Pick your oregano
Oregano can be used fresh from the garden, though you should wash it first to rinse off dirt, bugs, and bacteria. Allow the washed herb to air dry or pat it dry with a towel.
Oregano reaches peak potency right before it blooms. Blooming season is usually in June and July.
Gather your oregano
The easiest time for you to do this is in the morning after the sun has risen and evaporated any dew. Use a pair of scissors to cut leafy bunches free of the plant, leaving a portion of the stem remaining. Then, gather the bunches into small bundles and use a rubber band around the stems to fasten the bundles together.
Hang the bundles to dry
You'll want to hang your plants in an area that is warm and dry. Some places you might consider for drying your oregano include your attic, porch, a clothesline, or even in your kitchen.
Store your dried oregano
When the leaves have become brittle, it's ready to be stored. Store your dried oregano in an airtight jar, and enjoy it throughout the year./AgroWeb.org