The herb marjoram has a popular spot in kitchen gardens and in landscaping displays because this lively plant is both a delicious herb and a beautiful ornamental. Satisfy any desire and place an especially distinctive marjoram variety in your herb garden to add both visual and culinary delights to your garden. Variegated marjoram is a suitable choice, with its lightly striped green and white foliage and delicate blossoms.
Fill the individual cells in the seed-starting tray to the top with potting soil at least one month prior to the final spring frost. Spray the top of the soil generously with water from the spray bottle to moisten the potting soil.
Place two variegated marjoram seeds into each cell of the seed-starting tray (spacing the seeds 1 inch apart) and cover the seeds with 1/4-inch of soil.
Keep the seed-starting tray in a location with a temperature of approximately 70 F and spray the soil surface daily with water to keep the soil moist.
Thin the seedlings when they are approximately 3 inches tall by pulling up the weakest seedling from each individual cell.
Prepare the growing area outdoors after the final spring frost. Select an area that receives morning sunshine and afternoon shade to provide the ideal growing environment for variegated marjoram. Work the soil down to a depth of 3 to 4 inches with the garden spade. Add 1 to 2 inches of compost over the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade. Use the rake to smooth the soil surface.
Dig holes for the marjoram seedlings with the trowel. Make the holes 6 inches apart and create rows 2 feet apart (if applicable).
Remove the variegated marjoram seedlings from the individual cells and place them into the prepared holes, planting the seedlings at the same depth that they were growing in the seed-starting tray. Firm the soil around the tender roots and water the seedlings generously.
Provide water for the transplanted seedlings for approximately two to three weeks while the seedlings are acclimating to the move. Keep the soil from drying out during this time, watering only to moisten the soil. After the seedlings acclimate to their new growing location, only provide supplemental water for the plants if the soil dries appreciably.
Pinch off blossoms and leggy growth on the variegated marjoram plant throughout the growing season to keep the plant producing bushy foliage.
Cut the variegated foliage with the scissors for culinary use at any time--the leaves of the variegated marjoram are milder than standard marjoram varieties, yet still tasty.