Organic Herb Marjoram. Origanum majorana.
A tender perennial herb. Marjoram is a type of oregano that has a sweeter taste. Plants with soft foliage reach about 30cms. A good source of nectar and pollen for bees.
How to grow:
Best sown in situ May to July once soil temperatures have started to rise, or earlier from March under protection. Sow into a well prepared, weed free seed bed. Seeds are very small so sprinkle them on the surface and water in gently. Protect from harsh sunlight/slugs etc until seedlings emerge, this could be horticultural fleece or a piece of white plastic. Don’t put the protective covering onto the soil, suspend them above it, on the seed tray or pot rim for example, or using stakes in the ground. Can be good in a pot that you can bring into the greenhouse over winter. Protect from frosts and it’ll come back year after year.
Not really any problems, just as with any young plants keep slugs off. Not frost hardy.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Used as a garnish in soups, stews, salads and meat dishes. Its flowers and leaves can be pressed for oil. Can be dried for use in winter.
Native to middle eastern countries, it is in the same genus as Oregano but is a different species. Used medicinally to relieve indigestion and menstrual pains. A member of the mint family.
Avg contents: 400 seeds.