Oregano – Growing off the Ground

How many of my garden friends grow oregano?  I love this herb; it adds a wonderful quality to almost any dish.

When the kids were little they use to ask me, “what’s that green stuff in the sauce?” I would smile and say, “Oregano, it’s like a yummy vitamin.”  My kids never liked taking vitamins so early on herbs became a daily supplement.

After spending a nice afternoon cleaning up the garden I decided it was time to change how I grow this wonderful herb.  Oregano has a bizarre root system, it’s tough and compact, and it stays close to the surface growing out instead of deep.

Meaning it’s perfect for sharing with friends when the plant growth spikes.  You can easily separate by digging out what you want.

I decided it was time to grow this plant off the ground so I moved  it into a standing container.  Let me explain why.


As much as I love growing oregano on the ground, I don’t like how it can take over my herb bed in a matter of weeks during the summer.  It makes it difficult to harvest because the stems are closer to the ground instead of growing up and long.

I decided to move the plant into this can. After adding fertilizer I went ahead and did a winter transplant.  Remember we have warm weather that rushes through between cold fronts so I’m safe to transplant this time of year.

I’m happy to report the transplant was a success.  Now my plant can grow up producing nice long stems.  I’m excited!  How do you grow Oregano?

Oregano Nutrition Tips

Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years.

It’s good for respiratory disorders, monthly cramps ladies, and urinary tract disorders. It can also be used for skin conditions such as acne and dandruff.

Here’s my favorite, it’s full of Vitamin K which is good for your bones.  Do a little research on the herb and think about adding it to your garden space this spring; you’ll be happy you did.


  1. Jennifer Roe says:

    I like the idea of growing it off the ground! Mine always was overtaken by weeds in the winter, but in a pot I could maintain it better.

    1. It's working great too and will keep the rest of my herb garden from getting overrun. Loving it. Filling that can took some time, I drilled holes in it and made sure there was a lot of natural matter in the bottom before filling with the soil. Did a laying effect. -Carole

  2. Gentle Joy says:

    This is a good idea… I like re-organizing my herbs also. 🙂

  3. I have really wanted to do raised beds like this in the past, but never have had the chance yet. Thanks for sharing your methods.

    Renee, co-host of the #shinebloghop

  4. You bring the coolest things to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. wonderful tips. We grow basil and a few others every year. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday hop xo

  6. We just moved into a new house in Sept and have an old hot tub that we don't want to haul away. I plan on using it for an herb garden but my husband decided to plant onions so this is a great alternative! Thanks for the ideas.

    1. Maybe when the onions are done you can try the herb garden — That's a great idea I love reusing things.

  7. I'm going to feature this instead of the garden, i love the Oregano i use it on everything


  8. Anonymous says:

    I bought an oregano plant yesterday. Since I live in Connecticut, I am planting it inside for now. If I don't kill it, I will plant it in a container come spring. Thanks for the advice.

    1. You're welcome – Great idea too – you can give it a big boost indoors before Spring. Enjoy I love this herb.

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