Growing Herbs: Fresh Oregano at Home

Growing herbs on your own backyard is equivalent to getting your pasta freshly flavored every time. Once you’ve tried fresh herbs that you personally grew on your pizza, you’ll never want those freeze dried ones ever again. The good news is that growing herbs at home won’t require a lot, which is very true if you want to grow your own oregano plants.

Your first concern is where you want to grow your herbs. If you have ample space, you may grow them on your backyard. For those who don’t have space to spare but would still want to grow herbs on their own, they may plant their oregano in pots and just move them around for plant to get some sunlight. Remember that oregano thrives in dry regions in Central Asia and Europe so you better be picky regarding where you’ll plant your seeds.

After choosing where to plant your herbs the next question to ask is whether you’ll grow them from seeds or you’ll just buy nursery stocks and transfer the plants. Growing your oregano from seeds won’t be much of a hassle. However, if you’re a bit apprehensive you might want to start with nursery stocks. If you do buy nursery stocks, make sure the plants don’t have damaged or yellow leaves.

Make sure to transplant your seedlings on seed pots or on your backyard during the final week of winter so you’ll have no problem with your herbs dying in the frost. Make sure to give the seeds a good spray of water and sunshine. You might want to put your seed pot by the window until the seeds sprout.

Once the seeds have sprouted you are now ready to transplant them on your backyard or individual herb pots. Remember that oregano can grow up to two to four feet. If you transplant them on your backyard, keep the distance of each seedling about 12 to 18 inches apart. Your seedlings should be planted about a quarter of an inch deep into the soil whether you’re growing herbs in your backyard or on herb pots.

Remember to plant your oregano where they’ll get as much sunlight as they can. You should water your oregano once a week or every other week and more often during dry periods. There is no need to add fertilizer as the seedlings grow since that will affect the flavor you get. Make sure to pinch off flower buds when you see them as you inspect them every day. Oregano leaves become bitter when its flowers bloom.

You may harvest leaves once your plants have sprouted several dozens of them. Harvest them during the morning before the sun rises to preserve the natural oils and flavor on the leaves.

Those who are growing herbs in their backyard should mulch the plants with straw or grass when winter comes and remove them when spring returns. You won’t have any problems with insects since oregano are natural repellants.

Growing herbs on your own means better tasting Italian or Mediterranean dishes. Be sure to follow the guidelines for growing herbs that we have provided here and you’re on your way to better tasting pasta.

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