I Added Hot & Spicy Oregano to My Herb Garden

Last week I added Hot & Spicy Oregano to my herb garden and I may never go back to standard Italian Oregano again. If you like a kick of spice in your food (especially chili, tomato sauce, or homemade spicy salsa), this is definitely a must-have herb for your herb garden. 

Hot & Spicy Oregano is a perfect blend of standard Italian Oregano and a mild chile pepper. There is definite heat but it’s not overwhelming so it’s great for people that like a little spice. It offers less heat than a jalapeno, just to give you reference. It is a great addition to Mexican or Mexican-inspired dishes. 

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hot and spicy oregano

This herb can thrive in any soil as long as you’re providing proper drainage and it’s not over-watered which easily leads to root rot. It’s very easy to over-water oregano so a general rule is to water it only when the soil is dry to the touch. 

I grow mine indoors in a small pot on my herb garden cart. I move it under a bright window during the day and back to the kitchen in the evening so all of my herbs get enough sunlight. It also grows well outdoors but in colder zones, it’ll die to the ground during the winter and resprout in the spring.

how to grow hot and spicy oregano

Oregano leaves should be harvested frequently, before flower buds form, to keep the plants productive and full. They can be harvested when the stems are at least 4-inches tall although I usually wait until mine are about 6 to 8-inches. I then cut about 1/3 to 1/2 of the stem and leave the rest to regrow. Super easy!

After you’ve harvested your oregano, prepare it for use. Oregano can be used fresh or dried and I prefer to have a little of both on hand. If you plan to try it out, there are a few ways to do it:

  • Use a dehydrator. I love this dehydrator. It works well and is able to easily dehydrate herbs, fruit, and even meat! It’s amazing and I’ve never had an issue with mine.
  • Hang to dry. After cutting, tie the stems together and hang them in a dry place away from the sun to dry out.
  • Dry in the oven. This is my least preferred method but you can also dry your oregano in the oven for 2-3 hours on a cookie sheet on your lowest heat setting. You should leave the oven door open so the herbs dry, not bake.  

After drying your herbs, break them down using a mortar and pestle then store in a tightly sealed glass jar.

how to grow oregano

Basic Facts About Oregano

  • Type: Perennial in zones 5 to 9
  • Planting time: In the spring, after last frost. 
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Average, well-drained
  • Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches
  • Plant size: 12 to 36 inches tall

If you’ve been thinking about getting started with herb gardening or considering adding oregano to your herb garden, this is a great variety to get started with. It needs very little care (like rosemary), is easy to harvest, and can be grown indoors or out. 

What are your favorite herbs to grow in your herb garden?

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  1. I have never heard of this but it sounds wonderful! I love having fresh herbs around the house and I love a spaghetti sauce with a kick.

  2. I have been considering starting an herb garb garden because I have no luck with flowers or vegetation. I only knew of Rosemary that was very easy, although, now I can add hot n spicy oregano to that list.

  3. Oh how awesome you are growing your own herbs. Hot and spicy oregano sounds really interesting too, you will have to let us know how you get on with it.

  4. I’m not big on spicy food but my fiance is so I will have to let him read this. I have thought about having an herb garden and with my fiance liking spicy foods this will definitely have to be on the list. The basic facts about oregano are actually interesting.

  5. My mom loves gardening! This would be perfect for her. Thank you for the wonderful facts and for the detailed method.

  6. This is great!v I have tried unsuccessfully to grow herbs in my apartment. I’m looking at starting again, and your advice will come in very handy. Thank you 🙂

  7. I don’t know how many people know, but three drops of oil from Italian oregano can smother bacteria and viruses in the bloodstream helping people get well sooner from flus and colds. I call it fire juice because it taste like fire.

  8. Ouuuuu I’d love to try this! It sounds like an amazing addition –– I’d love to start an herb garden of my own one day. x

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