Greek Oregano Art Pack

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Organic Greek Oregano Seeds

Origanum vulgare
Let this hardy herb become a mainstay in your garden.
Art Pack, 250 seeds
Product ID# HE0182A , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Detailed Product Info

While oregano evokes images of scrubby herbs on Mediterranean cliffs, in the Northeast, oregano is a champion of the cold, one of the first perennial herbs to emerge from winter dormancy. In fact, it is so tolerant of winter that it rarely dies back entirely and can often be harvested the year 'round, anytime the ground is not covered by snow. Use it as the ancients did, making wreaths in honor of Aphrodite to crown the heads of newly married couples. Or, harvest loads of it in May or early June--before it turns more pungent from flowering--and dry in a warm airy place. With only a couple 3-foot clumps you can easily dry enough for a year's worth of delicious soups and sauces.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days
Planting Depth 0 inches
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Growing Instructions

Surface sow or sow at just under surface 6 weeks before last frost. Slow to emerge and take off. Transplant when plants are 2-3" high. Keep area well cultivated when young. Tolerates rocky, low-fertility soil; grows readily in nearly all situations. Once established, plants spread into big patches. Perennial in zones 4-9. Once established, spring harvests (pre-flowering) taste best.

About the Art and Artist
Artwork by Lynne Bittner. Lynne Bittner loves wildflowers and makes her living selling her illustrations of them with her design partner and husband Richie Bittner. Together they have created Wildflower Graphics in Greenwich, NY on the banks of the Battenkill River, a few miles east of the Hudson. Lynne is a self taught illustrator. In her early twenties she was inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, written in 1906. It included her water colors of flora and fauna of the English countryside, along with poetry that she loved. The discovery of this book made a lasting impression on Lynne in many ways and she began to dabble with her own drawings and water colors of local woodland wildflowers, such as dutchmen’s breeches, jack in the pulpits and lady’s slippers to name a few. Lynne's illustrations begin at the drawing board with a line illustration done by hand. Then together with Richie, the drawing is scanned and color, texturing and formatting are created digitally, each illustration taking many hours to complete. They are studio printed on archival papers using archival inks and individually signed by the artist. From the Artist: "I enjoy the challenge of creating illustrations for The Hudson Valley Seed Library. The assignments that I have been given are not necessarily something I would normally select as an illustrator, thus propelling me into a territory where I am creatively on edge - though a bit unnerving, the end results are always so satisfying! So far, I have created 3 art packs - Mammoth Dill, Lovage and Garlic Chives. I love supporting their efforts and am grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of this most important enterprise." Medium: hand drawn line/ digital color

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