Seed Pads Oregano - SeedOriganum vulgare
Always fresh oregano on hand!
These oregano (Origanum vulgare) seed pads are handy if you want to be able to pick fresh oregano. The seed pads contain just the right amount to fill a pot with plants and allow you to enjoy the lovely flavour of fresh oregano. Delicious with tomatoes, peppers and courgettes! One seed pad has a diameter of 8 cm.Show more
Show moreThese seed pads require no prior treatment.
How to SowThese handy seed pads (8cm diameter) make it easy to grow your own fresh oregano. Fill an 8 cm pot (or larger) with potting compost and lay one seed pad on the top. Cover very lightly with soil (oregano needs light to germinate), press carefully down and sprinkle regularly with water. One seed pad is sufficient for a pot full of oregano.
The seeds will germinate in 8-15 days. Do not allow the seedlings to dry out.
Show moreWater extra during dry periods. Give regular (fortnightly) doses of liquid fertiliser. The plant will flower in the summer and the flowers are edible too.
Herbs on patio or decking
These pots can be stood outdoors from mid-May. Acclimatise them by standing them in a shady spot for an hour longer every day. After 5 days they will be ready to stay outdoors. Stand in a sunny, partly shaded spot. For convenience, keep pots near the kitchen door or window and then you will always have fresh herbs to hand.
HarvestingOregano can be picked about 6-8 weeks after sowing - usually May, April.
Pick your oregano carefully, leaving the centre of the plant alone. Scissors or a sharp knife is best. As long as new leaves appear, keep picking and you will be able to keep on picking for months on end from the same plant even when in flower as the flowers are edible!
Show moreOriginating in the eastern Mediterranean, oregano (Origanum vulgare) is familiar to us in the delicious Greek and Italian kitchen and evokes those countries just by the smell of it.
Oregano is a hardy perennial and makes great ground cover too. In pots it is just lovely. It will bloom with pale pink (edible) flowers in the summer. Oregano is sometimes called wild marjoram.
A health giving leaf, is it used for medicinal purposes and the ethereal oil of the plant has an antibacterial quality.
Oregano (Origanum vulagre) is one of the Lamiaceae family and related to marjoram (Origanum majoranum) which also smells delicious and is used as a herb but is an annual.
How to useFreshly picked leaves of oregano are perfect for Southern European dishes, especially pasta and salsas and salads. Raw is good. Both leaf and flower makes a lovely edible garnish too for soups, etc. Just a couple of leaves will suffice to give the typical aroma and flavour to all your dishes.
Slightly dampened fresh leaves will stay fine in the fridge for several hours. Dry them slowly in the oven and pulverise in a mortar to store in a herb jar, but oregano will then have lost some aroma.