Few Things About Oregano Seeds and Herb Gardens

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Oregano is an aromatic plant native to the Mediterranean area. It can be used fresh or dry in foods, salads or as a natural remedy (gastrointestinal or respiratory problems).

The plant likes to grow in places with a lot of sun, but it also can be grown indoor in pots as long as it receives enough light. Oregano needs bright light, so when it is cultivated indoors it should be kept near eastern or southern window (but with filtered light in the afternoon).

It needs to be watered regularly but not excessively; the soil shouldn’t dry out between waterings, but even if it does, this will not cause any harm because oregano is very resistant to drought.

The soil must be aerated, well drained. If needed, use a diluted liquid fertilizer.

Oregano is multiplied by seeds, cuttings or seedlings if you want to have it all the timet.

The organically grown herb seeds germinate hard. A healthy plant will quickly consume the soil from the pot, so it’s possible that it needs to be transfered into a larger pot. Transfer should be done at about 6 months, if needed. The pot needs to have up to 6 inches diameter.

The oregano leaves can be used fresh, but they do not have a very intense flavor, so they have to be dried as the aroma is stronger. They can be stored in sealed jars.

The taste is slightly bitter and the flavor is complex, with a spicy-bitter touch.

At the beginning of autumn, oregano is in full splendor, all good to harvest and laid out to dry. Harvest in nice, warm weather, between morning and midday, after disappearing the last drops of dew.

Cut 9 inch sprigs with scissors or a knife, and let them dry in thin layers, in a well ventilated room. Turn the plants on the other side 2-3 times daily, otherwise they blacken and lose the aroma and healing qualities. Drying mistakes lead to decomposition of the vitamin C, and the loss of nearly all of the essential oil that evaporates pretty quickly.

It can be used successfully, both to flavor oils and vinegars as well as salads.

Its aroma is suitable for any kind of cheese and steak, grilled meat, meat and pasta sauces. Adding it to egg preparations make them more appetizing and digestible.

Butter rubbed with oregano leaves is excellent in combination with boiled fish, rice with scallops or crayfish and sauteed vegetables. It is best associated with broccoli and other green plants, carrots, zucchini, lentils, potatoes and tomatoes.

Together with basil oregano is characteristic to Italian cuisine. Pasta sauce will receive a special taste if you add oregano.

Pizza is the most known oregano dish, which made it famous and universally known.

Moreover, oregano is considered indispensable in Mediterranean cuisine, as in the Mexican one. Its popularity is due to the fact that it enhances the taste of the tomato soup, beans, grilled sirloin, roasted lamb, salads and other shrimp dishes, cooked in typical spicy style of the Mediterranean area.

The Zen Garden

zen gardenDid you know gardening and landscaping is also very helpful in keeping a sound mind and a healthy body? Some research show that those people who indulge in gardening tend to live a healthier life that those who do not. Landscaping is not just for the satisfaction of people’s eyes, it has also has other benefits.

Would you believe that you actually get healthy or healthier when you do your favorite past time? And it’s not just that, you are also making your surroundings beautiful. We will reveal the magic in gardening that you are enjoying or will be enjoying (that is if you are not into gardening but will be into gardening once you finish reading this article).

Keeping a Healthy Body

Yes, in gardening and landscaping you are also maintaining a healthy body. We all know that a garden and landscape maintenance requires a lot of effort and hard work. By maintaining the aesthetic value and beauty of your garden, you, as the owner, would be required to do the maintenance or else you would be spending money on hiring a gardener to do the job.

We exert effort in gardening and landscaping in a regular basis that it has become a routine for some people. This routine of putting effort and working hard is like exercising while you enjoy your garden. And here’s the magic in it – you don’t even realize that you have been doing rigorous exercises the whole time.

Stress Buster

At times when you think that life is just too complicated or when you have tons of problem at home or work, you become so stressed. Most people, especially women, tend to go to their gardens and pour out all the frustrations in garden work. And it’s like magic that they tend to forget and much better think of solutions to their problems.

It can be explained that when a person is into gardening, his or her concentration is poured into the work and not into the problem. Adding up to that is the fact that the landscape or scenery is beautiful and relaxing which also helps calm down a person’s feelings and emotions. If this happens, stress is released and the mind and brain is relaxed.

Beauty to the Heart

Stress relief, as discussed earlier, helps calm our system. When a person maintains or does gardening, he or she is most likely to be freed from that stress. A stress-free mind helps maintain a healthy heart.

As science explains, the human body is interconnected. A person’s emotions can trigger other body parts to function abnormally, like the heart. When someone is stressed out of is having a bad and stressful day, the brain triggers the heart to pump harder and thus elevating blood pressure that may sometimes be fatal.

Keeping a garden or staring at a beautiful landscape can help relieve these problems. Plus, it also helps the environment by cleaning the air we breathe!

It’s so beneficial to keep and make your own landscaped garden!