Marjoram Pot: Origanum vulgare
- Aromatic, easy to grow herb
- Sow in Feb-Mar (indoors), outdoors after last frost
- Harvest: Pick the leaves at anytime before flowering.
- Lilac-pink flowers are loved by bees and butterflies.
Origanum was called the 'joy of the mountain' as it covered the hillsides and smells beautiful in the summer. It was believed the sweet smell was created by the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.
Pot Marjoram has a mild delicate flavour as opposed to Greek oregano's more robust flavour. Fresh marjoram leaves smell a little like basil while in flavour they are rather like thyme, but sweeter and more scented. The leaves are best used fresh, as their flavour is sweeter and milder. They grow to around 60cm and are very decorative with lilac-pink flowers. It is a perennial but may not survive a harsh winter. Like oregano the flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Oregano grows well in pots when given plenty of light.
Sow: Sow indoors February onwards 5mm deep in good organic seed compost at a temperature 15-20°C. Thin the seedlings to about 20-30cm apart. Sow March onwards outdoors.
Grow: Prefers a sunny well drained, alkaline fertile soil. When the seedlings are a big enough to handle plant into free draining soil 8cm pots. Transplant into the growing site or into pots about 30cm apart/in size after the last frost. Cut down the flowering heads to encourage more leaf production but leave some flowers for the bees.
Harvest: July to October. Pick the leaves at anytime before flowering. Cut stems and hang them to dry for winter use.