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Post  SQWIB 7/30/2018, 12:27 pm

This is why I love having oregano in the garden, I interplant oregano in a lot of my beds, Bees everywhere, I literally walk through the oregano brushing up against the bees and they could care less.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 7/30/2018, 8:43 pm

They do love it!  I had some at the old house....can get invasive but I will probably now find a spot for it!Why I love Oregano in the garden. 2636062189
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Post  sanderson 7/31/2018, 2:41 am

Bees!! I have a small fly, probably a syrphid fly, that loves the oregano.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/8/2018, 9:18 am

The Meadow Fritillary love the Oregano, too!

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Post  suseine 8/21/2018, 10:56 am

No doub't that honeybees love herb flowers including the oregano.
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Post  donnainzone5 8/21/2018, 12:24 pm

I have a great deal of thyme and oregano in my flower beds.  Yes, they certainly attract pollinators, but I worry that they may crowd out my perennials and other plants.  Thoughts?
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Post  SQWIB 8/21/2018, 1:29 pm

donnainzone5 wrote:I have a great deal of thyme and oregano in my flower beds.  Yes, they certainly attract pollinators, but I worry that they may crowd out my perennials and other plants.  Thoughts?
Stay on top of them, I thin them out of my beds each fall.
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Post  donnainzone5 8/21/2018, 2:57 pm

I did pull quite a few clumps this summer.  I suppose I need to get out there and finish off the job.
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Post  grenaissance 10/23/2018, 7:08 pm

SQWIB wrote:This is why I love having oregano in the garden, I interplant oregano in a lot of my beds, Bees everywhere, I literally walk through the oregano brushing up against the bees and they could care less.

What different types or varieties do you grow successfully? Are there certain locations in your SFG beds that you put the Oregano?
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Post  Scorpio Rising 10/24/2018, 7:10 pm

donnainzone5 wrote:I have a great deal of thyme and oregano in my flower beds.  Yes, they certainly attract pollinators, but I worry that they may crowd out my perennials and other plants.  Thoughts?
I had oregano in my old houes’s garden.  It is pretty, and the bees love it, but as a member of the mint family has invasive potential in the right spot.  I love it though!  If you have the right location, it is great!
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Post  grenaissance 10/24/2018, 10:37 pm

suseine wrote:No doub't that honeybees love herb flowers including the oregano.
Yes we encourage everyone to plant more herbs and flowers that attract our much needed pollinators like bees. How good would it be if you could find the honeycomb of the bees that are pollinating your SFG beds and be able to harvest that honey. The potency of pure gold would be tremendous and swwweeeeeetttt.
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Post  SQWIB 10/25/2018, 8:30 am

grenaissance wrote:
What different types or varieties do you grow successfully? Are there certain locations in your SFG beds that you put the Oregano?

Just oregano I bought years ago, not sure of a specific name.


I intense plant not technically SFG. I put it in a lot of places, I just yank up a hunk and shove it in the soil.
As it grows I'll train it to hang out of the beds, trim some as a chop and drop and leave the rest for the pollinators.



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  • As it grows I'll hack it back and drop in the trimmings in place, to keep it in check I'll also tear up clumps of it, chop up the roots and drop on top of the mulch. You can see it peeking out under the eggplant.



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  • Here's a clump of oregano left after 2017 cleanup.


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  • This is another bed, the oregano will be chopped down close to the soil and dropped around the eggplant.


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  • End of the season its cut to the ground and mulched over.


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Post  has55 10/25/2018, 8:40 am

Thanks for the pictures. I have been growing it in my herb bed but now will expand it to the other beds. I love Cuban Oregon.
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Post  OhioGardener 10/25/2018, 9:00 am

We have a large bed of Italian Oregano, which gets a little bigger every year, but is freely used by many neighbors that get cuttings to dry for their cooking herbs, along with Parsley, Sage, and Savory.  All of them are not only great herbs, but are very attractive for pollinators.  As a former commercial beekeeper, that is always of interest to me.

As I remember from Greek Mythology class, Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, created oregano as a symbol of happiness.




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Post  OhioGardener 7/12/2020, 5:01 pm

The Oregano is in full bloom right now, and the pollinators are really busy on it. This afternoon I saw Meadow Fritillaries, Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Mason Bees on it.

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Post  markqz 3/9/2024, 9:10 pm

I planted just a few sprigs of oregano in one square. That was the plan --

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Thinned some out today and made about a 2oz container of oregano spice.

Oregano, incidentally, is one of the spices that when you buy it in the supermarket may have chemicals like arsenic in it.

https://www.consumerreports.org/health/food-safety/your-herbs-and-spices-might-contain-arsenic-cadmium-and-lead-a6246621494/
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Post  OhioGardener 3/10/2024, 8:16 am

markqz wrote:I planted just a few sprigs of oregano in one square. That was the plan --
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Thinned some out today and made about a 2oz container of oregano spice.

lol! 

I have a permanent bed of Oregano in the herb garden. Every spring I dig out a lot of new growth around the outside edges to keep it under control. One thing members of the mint family love is to spread everywhere.

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