Oregano is an easy growing herb that offers immense flavor for many dishes, it is a medicinal whose use dates back to Hippocrates as an antiseptic. Oregano is also among the herbs fast replacing antibiotics in chicken raising as the public is becoming more aware of the doping of our food and seeking more natural solutions to raising of what we eat.
For our garden this is high focus plant to get well established in large volumes both for the future sale of fresh and dried herbs and for our chickens health.
Oregano is a perennial in temperate Mediterranean regions and our area is considered Mediterranean though I call it “Just add water Mediterranean” because it needs a little help to get there. Our winters can be pretty cool at just over 3000’ elevation so this is always a consideration for perennial plants and some may end up growing as annuals needing replanted each year if they cannot quite handle the chill. Mulching with straw or other mulch can help so as with all of our gardens it continues to be learning as we grow strategy.
We have been quite happy with our progress on herbs and a bountiful and huge herb garden is in the plans, it will be located near the coops to help ensure plenty of the bounty goes right to the hens and isn’t a big chore for us to see that it happens.