A staple in the kitchen, oregano is the quintessential Italian herb used as a seasoning for sauces, soups and meats. Oregano comes in several varieties, but it typically has dark green leaves with white flowers.

by Dani Yokhna
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Size: 8 to 24 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—herbs in containers need more moisture.

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil that isn’t heavily fertilized

When to plant: Start seeds early indoors, or direct-seed in early spring.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

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When to harvest: 80 to 90 days after planting

Produce storage: Store in a cool, dark space, or freeze in airtight containers for six to eight months.

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