The sweet smell of oregano

Fortunately for me, the rain held off for much of the afternoon, so I took advantage of the still dry weather to get one job done in the garden. It was a glass half full or glass has empty moment as ‘still’ soon became ‘no more’.

I’d watched the borage and phacelia growing and taking over the herb garden. Then get past their best, fall and turn increasingly brown. So, with the compost bin ram-jam full, I mulched the rhubarb with the stems.

This has come back to life, presumably because of the continuous rain, so I have picked a sneaky stalk or two. However, as it needs as much food as possible to build up its strength after being moved, I’m sure it will appreciate a phacelia and borage mulch.

The surprise for today turned out to be two. First was the delight at smelling the oregano as I pulled away the overgrown vegetation. I almost never use oregano but after meeting this aroma my appetite has been whetted.

The second surprise was noticing seeds on the borage. I’d previously imagined that the seeds fell with the flowers but, now knowing differently, I will leave borage to produce its seeds before cutting down, so that I can have a greater number of plants. The flowers are so tasty as well as good for bumblebees.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to The sweet smell of oregano

  1. We have borage, too; but no oregano

  2. gaiainaction says:

    With so much borage in the garden, I’ve never even tasted the flowers Helen! Will do so ๐Ÿ™‚ Oregano I have two different types, the variegated – lemon and the ordinary oregano, both flowers really well at the end of the summer and attract lots of insects and also butterflies. Lovely blog post!

  3. Karen says:

    I always had fresh oregano in my herb garden. It is wonderful cookedin an Italian tomato sauce, on grilled fish and chicken and finely chopped fresh in salad dressing, etc.

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