Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram is a herb that is often mistaken for oregano. Marjoram, though, has a marginally better taste as it is slightly sweeter than oregano. It is a perennial plant. However, most growers treat it as an annual. The plant grows 1 to 2 feet (30 – 60 cm) tall with sweet-smelling dark green oval leaves, whereas oregano is bushy with broader leaves. Minuscule white or pink blossoms sprout from midsummer to early autumn. 

Use the plant the same as you would use oregano to enhance soups, stews, vegetables, and meat dishes. It is best planted in late winter from nursery plug plants; marjoram grows gradually, ultimately spreading as ground cover. Or on the other hand, even though it’s more troublesome, you can plant seeds in the greenhouse or cold frame around fourteen days after the last frost or start them inside around a month prior to the last frost.

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Sowing marjoram

If you feel that this herb marjoram can be hard to begin from seed, obtain plug plants from the garden centre (although we have never had any difficulty producing plants from seed). In the herb garden, space plants around 12 inches (30 cm)apart and give them a standard measure of organic fertiliser and water. If you are growing them in pots, filling in pots, make sure to use a decent quality potting mix. You can bring garden plants inside when the climate turns cold; however, keeping them over winter requires a proper measure of sun and genuinely stable temperatures.

Growing marjoram

It is typically treated as a half tough annual, albeit in milder and shielded regions. As a result, the plants will not require a lot of care during the season. They like sun, warmth, and good soil. The good news with this plant is that it can tolerate dry conditions – so if you don’t remember to water it, that isn’t too much of a problem. When the weather turns cold, get the pot-grown ones indoors in the shelter.

Harvesting Marjoram

You will know when the leaves off the plant can bed taken off and used. Cut back the delicious stems and leaves of marjoram as they mature. The plant will give you various cuttings in a single season. Likewise, with oregano, you can hang it in bunches to air dry. When the bunch is dry, strip the leaves from the stems and store them in a glass container for use all through the colder time of year. With regards to cooking, marjoram is used extensively in both Italian and Greek foods. 

Remember that the delicate taste of marjoram can be lost in some dishes, in which case, use one third more than you would oregano.

Common Problems

Marjoram planted in the nursery does not suffer from many issues. However, it can be susceptible to root decay in waterlogged soil. If you notice indications of an invasion of aphids etc., on your plant, move it away from other herbs, if you can. You can physically remove any pests by either taking them off between thumb and finger or running the plant under a firm shower of water. That should do the trick. If that doesn’t work, you can treat the plants with insecticidal cleanser or neem oil. Also, keep your greenhouse ventilated. If the air in your greenhouse is too moist, your plant might get a fine buildup or botrytis scourge.

Would you like to check out some recipes using marjoram? Go to the BBC Good Food website

Check out the varieties of marjoram that are available:

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06/30/2021 | Herbs / Uncategorized | 0 Comments

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