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Oregano: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Oregano is a very popular herb, often added to Italian dishes. Not only will this herb add an ornamental touch to your garden, but it will also be easy to use in the kitchen once it’s been harvested. Oregano is also known as one of the best companion plants for the garden, with its strong scent helping to keep pests away from other plants.

How to Grow:

Oregano is a perennial herb. It can be planted indoors 6 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors after your last frost. It can also be planted in the fall 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Oregano seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 1 per square, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Oregano will sprout in approximately 7-14 days. Be sure to keep moist during seed germination then water weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs (like oregano) are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for oregano:

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Oregano will be able to be harvested within about 80-90 days. Harvest oregano at any point in the summer before the flowers open. Cut back the stems, and new branches will form in its place.

Cooking & Eating!

Oregano can be used to add flavor to anything from pasta sauce to chicken. We also preserve it by using a dehydrator so we can use it all year long.

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