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How to Grow Tarragon Herb

Herb gardeners grow Tarragon for its aromatic leaves. It flavors vinegar and a variety of recipes. Tarragon herb is a native to dry, rocky areas of Northwest U.S., Russia, and Asia. It thrives in poor, dry, barren soils in areas with warm days and nights. .

Tarragon grows to 2 to 5 feet. The plant has aromatic leaves that are thin and blade-like.. It produces droopy flowers in mid summer.

How to Grow Tarragon:

Tarragon thrives  in dry conditions and poor soils. They prefer dry, rocky or gravel or sandy soil. They need full sun. The plant needs a warm, dry weather, day and night.

Tarragon is most commonly grown from division of the roots. You can also propagate it by rooting small, vigorous cuttings in the spring.

It is also grown from seed. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden. We recommend an indoor start six to eight weeks before the last frost. Transplant seedlings outdoors when the weather warms, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart.

Established plants will grow well with little care.  Keep the soil slightly dry.

Harvesting Tarragon:

Harvest and dry the leaves and flowers. Store them in a cool, dry place. Tarragon leaves can also be kept in the freezer. How to harvest and dry herbs.

Uses for Tarragon:

Tarragon is a popular culinary herb, most notably in French cuisine. Tarragon is best known for flavoring vinegar. But it is also used to spice up fish, salads, meats, vegetables, sauces, mayonnaise, cheese, and omelettes.

Medicinally, Tarragon stimulates the appetite and digestive process. An infusion or tea made of Tarragon eases flatulence and intestinal distension. (I'm all for that)


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