New World Little Gardens

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oregano

Oregano

Origanum vulgare

A must-grow for Italian food and essential for perfect pizza, oregano is a tough and drought-tolerant mat-forming herb.

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Getting started

  • Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand.
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed mat on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
  • Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed mat.
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • Within 1-2 weeks you should see a little plant appear from the soil. That means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden.
  • If more than one little plant grows, you can thin your oregano seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one and removing the others.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • When your oregano has 4-5 true leaves (in about 1 month), it’s ready to shift into the garden or a pot.
  • Get your oregano used to life outside: You can harden off your oregano seedling by putting it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Oregano does best in full sun. If grown in partial sun it will be less flavourful.
  • Good drainage is essential for success, so if your soil is heavy clay, grow oregano in a pot.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • While it’s getting established, oregano will need some water if conditions are very dry. But once established, it won’t need much attention. In fact, its flavour will be stronger if you keep it on the dry side.
  • For better flavour and a more compact plant, thin your oregano by pinching off the flowering buds before they open. If your oregano does flower, don’t worry! The blooms are loved by bees and beneficial bugs.

Harvest time

  • After about 2 months, you can start harvesting a few leaves at a time.
  • Regular picking will encourage the plant to produce more edible leaves. 

Watch out

  • Oregano is relatively untroubled by pests in the garden.
  • In heavy, water-logged soils it can be prone to fungal infections which cause it to rot. Keep established plants on the dry side and grow in a pot if your soil is heavy clay.

Oregano in your gardens