Origanum vulgare

Oregano is a highly recommended herb for beginners due to its easy cultivation. It can be grown in containers or as a ground cover along a pathway and thrives in springtime. With a peppery taste and minty scent, oregano is a robust herb that adds a savory flavor to various dishes, especially those containing tomatoes such as pizza and tomato sauce. It’s also an excellent addition to cooked summer vegetables like zucchini and eggplant, Greek salad, kabobs, roasted potatoes, vinaigrettes, and egg-based dishes. Interestingly, the Greek word for oregano is “joy of the mountain.”

Growing Healthy Plants

Oregano thrives in full sun and should be placed accordingly to maximize its flavor. In hot climates, providing partial shade is recommended. Once oregano plants reach a height of 4 inches, lightly pinch or trim them to encourage denser and bushier growth. Regular trimming not only promotes branching but also helps prevent legginess. The most flavorful leaves can be harvested in mid-summer, just before the plant flowers. Use sharp shears to harvest leaves as needed, making sure not to take more than one-third of the plant at a time to promote new growth.

Cultural Details
Soil Typeloamy, rich, well-draining soil
Soil PHNeutral
Soil MoistureMedium
Sun ExposureFull Sun
Harvest TimeSpring through summer