Oregano is commonly used in Mediterranean dishes and can be grown in any flower or vegetable garden that receives an adequate amount of sunlight. One or two plants can provide a year's supply of leaves for cooking purposes. There are a few planting mistakes that can be avoided to ensure healthy plants. The following gardening tips will prevent poorly grown oregano plants:
If you plant oregano seeds outside, avoid covering them completely with soil as they require light to germinate.
Avoid planting the seeds or seedlings in soils with a heavy clay or sand content. Oregano requires some mulch added to the soil, but do not make the soil too rich. Avoid adding manure to the soil mixture for the oregano plants.
Avoid removing leaves for cooking from young plants. Use leaves from adult oregano plants that have not yet flowered.
Avoid allowing the oregano from reseeding by deadheading the flowers.
Avoid letting the plants get too big. Keep them manageable by regularly pinching the leaves for cooking purposes. The ideal height for oregano plants is 10 inches.
Do not allow the plants to freeze over the winter season in planting zones 2 to 6. Cover the oregano plants with pine branches or ground covering so they can survive the cold winters.