Oregano, Vulgare


A delicious Italian herb for the kitchen garden. Oregano makes a great under story plant beneath tall vegetables and flowers. Can also be used medicinally. Harvest stems just as the plants are coming into bloom. I cut the plant back by about two-thirds. I’ll generally get about 3 harvests each season.



Herbs are an important part of the garden and kitchen. Nothing beats fresh herbs when cooking in the summer and fall. Every winter while adding dried herbs to our meals, I long for the days where I can run out and pick some fresh, thyme, basil, oregano, mint and rosemary. Another way I use plants/herbs from our garden is for medicinal purposes. Here is a blog posting on the subject.

Growing herbs is so easy to do. Just plant them, and let them grow. I like to keep them close to the house so I can run quickly and grab them even in a summer storm. I also spread them around the garden to help deter unwanted pests and let some go to flower to attract beneficial insects.

Most herbs can be harvested multiple times in a season and develop into better plants if you do so. They also make great under-plantings that act as a mulch below taller crops. For instance, I under planted my peas with thyme last year. I simply scattered thyme seed on the soil after I planted my pea seed. Water everything in. When the peas were done, I cut out the pea plants, and let the thyme grow in strong the rest of the summer. It’s a wonderful system. Oregano is great in and around things like peppers, flowers, okra, etc.

Cilantro is one herb that I allow to readily reseed itself in the garden each year. If I have cilantro flowering in the garden, I rarely have a large population of those pesky cabbage worms that eat all my kale and broccoli.

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