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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 27, 2011

Q. Black Spots on Oregano

My wife thinks that there are bugs eating the leaves of our oregano. I think it might be a blight or fungus. Your thoughts will be appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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If they're are black spots and not holes, it is likely a fungus. Treat the plant with a fungicide.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 21, 2011

Q. Rinsed Oregano Before Drying

I rinsed my oregano before drying. Have I ruined it? Every year I dry some of the herbs I’ve grown. This year, I thought I should rinse the oregano, I was thinking, ‘What if a toad peed on it?’ Then I shook the branches off and laid outside on the covered deck to dry. Within hours, the leaves got dark and shriveled. Will the oregano still be good? No, it’s not moldy.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 22, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

As long as you allowed the herb to throughly dry, it is perfectly fine to rinse it off. In fact, most people do. It is not uncoomn for them to lose some of their color after harvesting or wilting. For more information on harvesting and storing herbs, these articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/oregano/learn-how-to-grow-oregano.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/how-to-dry-herbs-various-methods.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/freezing-herbs.htm

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Asked by
friskies on
August 27, 2011

Q. How Do I Dry My Freshly Cut Oregano?

I cut my Oregano. . . . how do I dry it?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 27, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
October 20, 2011

Q. Storing Herbs For The Winter

I recently harvested oregano, sage and basil. Should I throw away the plant stem and soil or can I store them in the garage for the winter? Will they be ok for next year if I water and feed them a little?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 21, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If they are in pots, the oregano and sage can make it through the winter in the garage if you remember to water them about once a month. They will look like they are dead, but they will just be dormant. The basil is just best to plant new from seed next year.

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Asked by
delphi on
April 11, 2012

Q. Leaf Spot treatment for herbs

I have a large leaf spot problem that has infected virtually all of the plants, trees, and shrubs. This includes oregano plants, my shade tree, mums, etc. Is there a treatment that I can apply to all of the infected plants, shrubs, and trees? Do I need different treatments for the herbs and vegetables, versus the shrubs, trees, and flowers?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 11, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

All leaf spot diseases can be controlled by decreasing or eliminating overhead irrigation, minimizing leaf wetness periods, discarding heavily infested plants, and applying preventive fungicide applications. The same type of fungicide can be used on all of them. Also, removing and discarding diseased leaves will greatly reduce the infection and should provide sufficient disease control.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 20, 2012

Q. Oregano Disease

My oregano plants seem to get irregular light spots spreading to patches on older leaves, like something is sucking the green color out. I can’t see any pests to pick off. HELP!

Answered by
Nikki on
July 21, 2012
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