View Full Version : Miniature Oregano?

06-15-2016, 07:35 PM
Im not sure if bought the wrong kinds of oregano, or if Im failing to properly care for them. A youtube search results in seeing lots of BIG oregano that they prune or harvest. Mine is more like ground cover.

May I ask for advice from the homeschoolers that have passed Remedial Gardening 101?
Do I just have to give it time? More water? Steroids?

Here are allegedly a *plain* oregano, and a *spicy* oregano.

And thanks for the help earlier on the green beans. The plant hasnt produced more beans, but it doesnt look dead anymore. :)

06-15-2016, 10:51 PM
well, I'm no expert, but the one on the left (half in the picture) is thyme....and mine always grows like ground cover (the thyme, that is)

the other two look (the leaves) like oregano, but mine is usually kinda "bushy"....at least knee high in it's summer glory. Then again, I don't grow them in containers, so maybe that has something to do with it???? Or maybe they are a container variety that is a smaller size....if there is such a thing for herbs? Ya know? Like dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees and such?

They look healthy!! :) How do they taste?

Keep looking for new flowers on that green bean. I don't know much about growing in the "single-season" climate you have, but maybe it will start to flower again.....*fingers crossed*.....

06-16-2016, 12:02 AM
Thx! Yah, all the online ones were significantly bushy. Mine is bonsai oregano! There was no special indication on the tag... and not knowing what it typically looks like, I had no idea that its supposed to be big and bushy. And I put them in the container (next to the thyme) because they were small and compact, like the thyme.

I *pruned* the oregano on the right, de-stemed and chopped the prunings up a bit, and added it to tonights spaghetti sauce. I could definitely tell it was there!

This year is definitely a learning experience for me at gardening.

But mystery of the bonsai oregano remains unsolved. :-/

06-16-2016, 07:54 AM
I love following your gardening adventures. There's now way I could keep up with anything else, so I must live vicariously through you. I am learning so much! Probably information I will never use lol.

06-16-2016, 09:51 AM
Hah!!Im glad someone else is learning a bit too.
The gardening books seem full of when and how to plant things, but a little shy on *you have to do this and this while its growing, and you harvest them when they look like this*.
If I had someone come to my house once a week or month, and tell me what was going on and what I needed to do, I think Id be more successful.
The two most satisfying things we have grown havent come from the nursery - one was a mint cutting that came with eggrolls from the Pho restaurant, which instead of eating with the eggrolls, we put in a jar with water - and it grew roots and we have since put it in a jar with dirt. The other was a sweet potato which we hadnt gotten around to eating in time, and sprouted an eye. So we covered it lightly with soil in the other end of a container where we had planted two sunflower seeds... and its taken off.

Since doing that, I looked up how I was supposed to propagate it, and whoops I missed that one. But its alive!
And that was just a sweet potato we didnt eat, put in with some soil.

And oh how the plants respond to a sunny day! We like watching how much they grow in a single day of sunshine.
So those parts are really satisfying and encouraging to keep on with the trying.

Im now plotting to try growing things on the north face of the house. :p Maybe mint, which can tolerate shade, and doesnt need deep soil.

06-16-2016, 10:49 AM
In Washington State, and others do this too, there are folks that volunteer their time, and give free adivce and host workshops, after receiving training from land grant universities and their Cooperative Extention offices. Master Gardening Program. Mine has been really helpful. Around here it's WSU. Kind of a hold over from Victory Garden days in some states, I think.... Anyway, here's yours, AM

San Diego Master Gardeners (http://www.mastergardenerssandiego.org/)

If I remember correctly, you are in the San Diego area?

HTH :)

06-16-2016, 12:29 PM
So cool ML! But it looks like they only help schools? :( I will root around and perhaps find something locally. Just knowing that something exists, and what it is named helps a lot. :)

08-25-2016, 06:31 PM
(My oreganos are still entirely miniature and useless for harvesting.)
But, my hanging, bought from home depot tomato plant isnt looking very good. As it went from green to yellow-brown, I thought maybe not enough water... then with no improvement, I thought maybe too much water.... and now Im stuck not sure why it isnt green and lucious. :(

May I please mooch more gardening advice?

08-25-2016, 11:16 PM
Hey AM

Super brown thumb novice back-yard desert gardener here. So...blind leading the blind below:

My oregano is not knee high! I've grown 'mexican' and 'spicy' and just plain 'oregano' and it usually fills a 8/10/12 inch pot and hangs over the side but it definitely does not grow huge and bushy where I'm at (hot, hot, and more hot, but I move potted herbs to shady-ish spots and hand water). But it tastes good! So no clue whether I'm doing it wrong or right...but there you go.

We tried the upside down tomato thing....two thumbs down..I think they cook in their containers in our year-round sun and heat. We got exactly 2 tomatoes...and the pigeons ate them the morning I was going to pick them...San Diego should be better than AZ...but maybe not, due to so much sun? I don't think they work as advertised for us (southwesterners). The good news is...we can grow some serious tomatoes (in a raised bed or big pot) - get 'early bird' or small kinds: roma, patio, cherry, pear tomatoes (yellow or small red)....I hear they don't "fruit" when it hits over 90 deg (umm...that's may - sept here...) but if you keep the plant alive, you can get a second fall crop if you water and there's enough sun and no low temps.

Love your gardening help posts. Haven't chimed in due to said brown thumb.

I've finally got 3 watermelons...I think they're smaller/personal size kinda ones...how do you know when to pick them? Anyone, anyone?

08-26-2016, 12:04 AM
Hah, my oregano is still the same size it was in June.

And how come there arent guides telling you all the things you are supposed to do while the plants are growing and when to harvest? And what to do with the plants after you harvest, when to murder them, etc.

Youtube sort of shows.... some things...

And can tomatoes get too much heat?
Ohhh, I am such a noob at gardening!