Here in Central Florida, Italian Oregano is pretty hardy all year long.
I harvest my oregano plant when it begins to over crowd. (usually before flowering)
Harvesting herb is best done in the morning so as not to allow the sun to wilt your plant.
There are different methods for drying herbs. I simply cut the healthy branches from the herb plants.
I remove any dry or yellow leaves, then I rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
I place them in layers on a garden tray and let them dry in a dark cool place for 2 weeks. It’s important to give them plenty of air circulation, so they can dry out quickly. Wet herbs will mold and rot.
After they dry it’s time to store.
Store your dried herbs in air tight containers. Zippered plastic bags will do. I like to use small canning jars. Be sure to label and date your containers.
Your herbs will retain more flavor if you store the leaves whole and crush them when you are ready to use them. Dried herbs are best used within a year.
Use about 1 teaspoon crumbled dried leaves in place of a tablespoon of fresh