Marjoram is a fragrant herb that is often used in cooking. It is a member of the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean region. The leaves of the marjoram plant have a sweet, slightly minty flavour, and are commonly used to season meats, vegetables, and soups. Marjoram is also used in traditional medicine to treat digestive issues, respiratory problems, and anxiety. It is a popular herb to grow in home gardens and can be easily grown in containers or in the ground. Marjoram prefers well-draining soil and full sun, and can be harvested by cutting the stems just before the plant flowers.
How to Grow Marjoram Organically
- Choose a planting site: Marjoram prefers a warm, sunny location with well-draining soil. If planting in a container, choose a pot with drainage holes.
- Start seeds or buy transplants: You can either start marjoram from seed indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date, or purchase established plants from a garden centre.
- Plant the seeds or transplants: If starting from seed, plant the seeds about 1/8 inch deep in potting soil and keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate. If planting transplants, dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the plant in the hole. Cover with soil and gently press down.
- Water the plants: Marjoram prefers to be kept slightly moist but not waterlogged, so water deeply once a week, or more often during hot, dry weather.
- Fertilize the plants: Marjoram does not require much fertilization, but you can apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10, once a month during the growing season.
- Prune the plants: Prune the tips of the branches to encourage bushy growth and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Pinch off any flowers that appear to encourage more foliage growth.
- Watch for pests and diseases: Marjoram is generally pest-resistant, but it can occasionally suffer from issues like spider mites or root rot. Be sure to keep an eye on your plants and treat any issues as they arise.
With these simple steps, you can grow healthy and flavourful marjoram plants that will add a delicious, aromatic touch to your garden and your cooking.