Post by SpringRain on Sept 14, 2018 22:26:06 GMT -5
pepperhead212, my oregano volunteered to grow in my front lawn, far from where I originally grew it in the back yard. I may have made a wreath of it when it bloomed, hung it on the front porch, and the seeds blew off into the front lawn and started. This was several years ago when the volunteer started, and I don't remember for sure which wreaths were on the front porch then.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 29, 2020 23:51:05 GMT -5
I have 2 species of Origanum that are getting really large in their second full years! One - the marjoram - is in my herb bed, while the other - the Syrian oregano - I planted behind my shed, in case it becomes invasive, like regular oregano tends to. Both are covered with flowers now - normally, I'd snip these of, if I was trying to get maximum leaves, but I decided to just leave them on, to attract the bees, which love these blossoms. Flowering marjoram, 6-29 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
I had a shortage earlier. I think I was overharvesting it, so I left it alone for two weeks, and it has regrown. I cut it high to encourage rapid regrowth. In some videos, I have seen Chinese cut it at ground level. To clean it, I spread it in a pan of water and then makes bundles that will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Oregano doesn't keep as well for me -- best if not over two days old in my experience. If I have such herbs handy in the refrigerator, I will use them heavily.
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tom, My oregano gets so full and tall I have to cage it, even then it grows out of the cage and I'm forever trimming it away from other plants. Bees love the flowers. About every 3 years I dig half of it out. I dry some for winter use and for canning tomato sauces/pizza sauce.