Oregano, Italian

Oregano Oregano

Harvest Season:  Summer

Plant Habit: Mounding, upright

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 24" - 30"

Width: 12" - 24"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: Italian Oregano is used in many dishes for a savoury note. Snipping fresh sprigs and plucking the tender leaves for use is easy and tasty. It does tend to overwinter through Manitoba's winters so planting it in a spot where it can live for more than one summer would be wise.

Planting and Soil Requirements

Oregano thrives in well-drained soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0. Choose a sunny location in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Prepare the soil by removing any weeds or debris and loosening it with a garden fork or tiller. Plant the oregano plants about 12-24 inches apart, ensuring that the crown of the plant is level with the soil surface.

Watering and Maintenance

Oregano plants require regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overhead watering, as this can increase the risk of fungal diseases. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Pests and Diseases

Oregano is generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, occasional problems may arise, such as aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate action at the first sign of infestation or disease. 




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