Marjoram: The Herb of Happiness

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

Called the "herb of happiness," Origanum majorana, commonly known as sweet marjoram or knotted marjoram, is an herbal symbol of peace and well-being. Marjoram is grown as an annual , Theme Gardens in the colder parts of the world but is perennial , Keep Your Bird Feeders Filled For The Spring Rush in warmer regions. To keep it growing , Composting for Kids as a perennial, , Garlic: The Stinking Rose bring it indoors , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' for the winter. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen Marjoram may be grown as a houseplant , Dog Damage to Lawns and as it has a tendency to trail when grown indoors, , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs it makes a nice hanging basket. Marjoram has small, grey-green, oval-shaped leaves that are velvety to the touch. Tiny white , Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House or pink flowers, , Introduction to Botany reddish stems, and the grey-green colour , Introduction to Botany of the leaves make marjoram an attractive border plant. , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden

Marjoram grows , Caring for Bonsai plants 10 - 24 inches (25 - 60 cm) tall. Cultivation requirements: does best in full sun , Abatement With DDT Concept Needs Second Look (will tolerate slight shade); well-drained soil; no fertiliser; water , Dog Damage to Lawns soil sparingly but do not let dry out; pinch back the tips , Composting for Kids or harvest sprigs to use in cooking to keep it bushy and productive.

Marjoram is easily grown from seed , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden or cuttings. For spring , Ellepots/Paper Pots planting, start seed , Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House indoors 6 - 8 weeks before your last frost date. Keep the soil , Introduction to Botany moist during germination. After germination, move the seedlings into a sunny position, and transplant into the garden , Edgeworthia Chrysantha after all danger of frost has passed. If you are bringing marjoram plants , Viburnum in the Garden in-doors for over-wintering, pot , Lattice Patio Covers up in fresh potting soil. , Japanese Gardens - Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed Check for critters and if your plants , Volumetric Concrete Mixer are infected, spray with a soap and water , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden spray.

Marjoram requires at least 5 hours of sunlight a day. If you are growing , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden marjoram on a windowsill, turn frequently to ensure all sides receive light. , Lattice Patio Covers Marjoram can be grown under fluorescent lights. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment Hang the lights , All About Hybrid Tea Roses 6 inches (15 cm) from the plants , Furniture Benches Are Perfect For Every Outdoor Space and leave on for 14 hours a day.

In the garden, , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen marjoram entices bees and butterflies for maximum nectar production and pollination. It is a good companion plant , Viburnum in the Garden for all vegetables , Riding Lawn Mowers especially beets, eggplant, pumpkin, onions, and zucchini as it aids in their growth and fights off insects. Grow , Introduction to Botany marjoram in pots , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift in the garden , Theme s as well as in the soil. , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs In the kitchen, , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden use in tomato , Why are Adirondack Chairs & Adirondack Furniture a Cottage Favorite? dishes, onions, dairy, eggs, potato salad, , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design soups, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, oil dressings for salads, , Whack 'Em Back - Getting More Flowers by Pruning carrots, and cauliflower. Fresh leaves and young shoots can be added to salads. , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' It is a major ingredient, usually dried, in sausages, poultry seasonings, Italian recipes, or stuffings. Sprinkle fresh or dried marjoram on pizza. Sprinkle finely chopped fresh leaves on meat or fish , Ellepots/Paper Pots before roasting, grilling, or baking. A tea can be made with marjoram to treat colds, , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs headaches, and stomach upsets. Add 3 teaspoons (15 mL) fresh marjoram to 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water. , Keep Your Bird Feeders Filled For The Spring Rush Let steep, then drink slowly. Use marjoram sparingly as it is deceptively potent. Add during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Marjoram will keep several days in the refrigerator. The leaves can be harvested as soon as the plant , Furniture Benches Are Perfect For Every Outdoor Space starts blooming. The leaves dry easily and can also be frozen. Many cooks prefer marjoram rather than oregano (closely related), as marjoram is much less pungent. To make potpourri, dry leaves whole and then crush to release the scent.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design Of Peace - Gardening , All About Hybrid Tea Roses For The Soil, , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' Gardening , Hydroponics - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen For The Soul and the booklet Non-toxic Alternatives For Everyday Cleaning And Gardening , Flower Products. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Caring for Bonsai plants where you will find lots of free information , Japanese Gardens - Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed about gardening , Whack 'Em Back - Getting More Flowers by Pruning for the soil , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden and gardening , The Guide to Cloudy Pool Water for the soul. To find out more about the books and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca

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