Oregano

Small fragrant leaves on sprawling 1- to 2-foot stems topped by loose spikes of white to pink flowers give oregano (Origanum vulgare) a casual appeal for planting in vegetable and flower gardens or trailing over a wall or basket. Many cooks prefer Greek oregano over the readily available common oregano. Before buying plants, pinch a leaf to test flavor and pungency. Some varieties, such as Aureum Crispum and Compactum, are more ornamental than edible. It's a hardy perennial in Zone 5 and warmer areas.

  • Planting and care: Start new plants from stem cuttings to guarantee the best flavor. Seed-grown plants may lack their parents' pungent flavor. Any average, well-drained soil in full sun will do. Harvest leaves as needed, or cut the plant down to a few inches from the ground and hang the sprigs to dry.
  • Special uses: The tiny flower clusters attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. The fresh and dried leaves add classic flavor to many Latin American and Mediterranean dishes. Some varieties look good in hanging baskets, patio containers, and flower gardens.
Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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