Oregano, or Origanum vulgare, is related to the mint family and belongs to the category of edible herbs. It is a perennial which grows to a height of about 20 to 80 cm, and has 1 to 3 cm long leaves which are placed opposite each other. It has a very strong alkaline pH, which is why it is considered to be edible.
It is often harvested during or slightly before winter. There are various subspecies of this herb which have been developed over the years for variations in flavors and medicinal purposes.
Steps to Grow this Herb
Oregano has a slightly pungent flavor which is obtained from its leaves. The flowers are also edible and have medicinal properties like being antiseptic, diaphoretic, and stimulant among others. It is used for culinary reasons in many international cuisines, majorly in Italian and Middle Eastern foods.
Use trays or containers for growing the seedlings and re-pot them using the earlier soil, as these plants are habituated to their home. Make sure that the soil is well drained with medium amount of water, and keep plowing it for better aeration.
Food and Water
Provide the plants with enough sunshine so that they can prepare their own food. Make sure you don't add any external fertilizer, as this can deteriorate the flavor of the herb. Add enough water so that the soil doesn't dry off during the summer and make sure you plow it regularly.
Growing Oregano is not very difficult. You can plant a few seeds of this herb and enjoy their yield all year round.