Sweet, sweet marjoram!! Who can resist that fragrance? This is an herb that can be added to dry or simmering potpourris and sachets for the linen closet! But you will want to save of this herb for eating too! It is the much milder version of oregano!

* This herb is considered an annual, unless you live in Zones 9-10. I have to tell you though for the three years I have lived in this location (Zone 6 or 7 - depending what map you read), my marjoram has survived the winter months. I have harvested marjoram in the winter months after numerous freezes and snow! How’s that for a persistent herb?

* In the late summer or early fall, you will find marjoram flower spikes that look a lot like knots before they flower tiny white or pink blooms. By the way, if you have lots of marjoram flowering, you may want to make a bouquet to scent the kitchen! It’s heavenly!

* The leaves of marjoram are fuzzy and oval and range from ¼ inch to 1 inch in length.

* The flavor and fragrance are both sweet and spicy. It is very delicate in aroma.

* You will need to plant your seeds indoor 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost. Plant 3 to 5 seeds in each pot. Be patient! Marjoram is slow to germinate and very tiny when young. Some of you may want to just skip this part and go directly to your favorite nursery for potted plants! No shame in that, go for it! Which ever way you chose, plant the plants after all danger of frost has past. You can take cuttings in spring and in summer.

* Sweet marjoram prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. I have mine planted where it gets the morning sun but is shaded by the house in the afternoon. It performs wonderfully!

* Plant in well- drained soil and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

* Pest free & disease free!

* Harvest the leaves anytime during the growing season after the plants are 6 - 8inches tall. For the best quality, gather the leaves in the morning after the dew dries. Cut all stems with leaves before plant flowers for drying in quantity.

* If using for a recipe, just snip the tip. The whole stems are used for drying.

* If air drying, hang the stems upside down in a dry area.

* Marjoram leaves can be frozen in butter, oils and in ice cubes!

* Fresh leaves can be used in salads or for garnishes. Use this wonderful herb any where you would use oregano, for a milder, sweeter flavor.

* Did you know that Marjoram infusions settle upset stomachs and are for mouth and throat inflammations? Make an infusion of Marjoram for a wonderful fragrant & energizing bath. Don’t forget to add Marjoram to sachets and potpourris too! You won’t regret it!