Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 8-18″ apart in dry to average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 10-12″. Drought tolerant.
Pinch out growing tips of plants to promote branching and higher yields. Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Marjoram, Sweet origanum majorana
‘Marjoram’ means ‘joy of the mountain’ for it grows wild on the sides of the hills in Greece. Associated with marriage in ancient Greece, Marjoram was a symbol of happiness.
A near relative of Oregano, Marjoram is sweeter and milder than its cousin. Marjoram blends particularly well with meats, tomato, and rice dishes, and is found in French, Italian, and Greek cooking. Try Sweet Marjoram with poultry, mushrooms, egg dishes, potatoes and herbed butters.
Besides being delicious in savory dishes, Sweet Marjoram is extolled for its soothing properties, and is often steeped into a tea to relieve headaches, tension, nausea and PMS.
Harvest – Cut entire plants just as they begin to flower. For drying, hand small bunches upside down in a well-ventilated, dry location out of direct sun. Harvest young leaves for best flavor.