A member of the Mint family, Marjoram was scattered throughout medieval households as an air freshener when bathing was but an annual event. A Greek symbol of wedded bliss, Marjoram was also grown on graves in the belief that it would imbue the deceased spirits with eternal peace and happiness. Today, it is a revered spice in prepared blends such as bouquet garni
and fines herbes
, and is said to be high in antioxidants when consumed fresh. It is prominently used in North African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Its oil is used for soothing bath tinctures and massage. Sun- and warmth-loving Marjoram is best raised as transplants sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out after the last spring frost date
. When the spindly seedlings grow 2" tall, transplant them outdoors, planting three or four together in clumps at 6" intervals. Later, thin down to the strongest plant in each clump. Deer resistant. Average seed life: 1 year.