Growing Oregano at the Allotment

Growing Oregano at the Allotment

Oregano is an aromatic herb enjoyed in many Mediterranean dishes and likes the sunshine. It is very easy to grow and will thrive both in the ground or in containers, as long as there is good drainage. Oregano does well in dry conditions and the roots will likely rot if they get too wet.

You can sow oregano from seed but usually, it is shop-bought as a young plant to grow on. There are different varieties, and the perennials are stronger in flavour than that of marjoram, which is similar but more subtle annual varieties. The perennial oregano will grow back each year but will probably not produce so well, after a few years when it becomes woody and straggly.

Keep the oregano plant weed-free and water until it is established and through very dry spells.

Plant oregano out in a sunny and sheltered position in well-drained soil or even gravel. It is an attractive plant that will blend in with other herbs. It will do well in a warm spot from mid-April onwards with a view to being harvested from late May-October.

You can pick leaves as and when they are required, which will also encourage re-growth. It is best to pick the leaves before flowering and then cut off the flower heads as they form, to extend the cropping.

Protect the plant from very cold weather with fleece.

Oregano leaves are used for cooking; particularly in Italian and Greek dishes and can be dried. 

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Growing Oregano in Summary

Sowing Oregano

  • Plant out in a sunny and sheltered spot
  • Plant in well-drained soil
  • Can be grown in containers

Growing Oregano

  • Prune and cut off flowers
  • Keep weed-free
  • Protect against cold weather

Harvesting Oregano

  • Pick leaves as required May-October
  • Can be dried and stored
  • Will grow back the following spring