Herbs - Tarragon French
Tarragon is a herbaceous perennial that grows to about 2 feet tall and rarely flowers. It has multi-branched growth with narrow, somewhat twisted, green leaves. It is commonly used in meat, fish, seafood, and vegetable recipes. Tarragon has a strong flavor, so use lightly.
Tarragon is a "banishing herb." You use the tarragon like incense, burning it as you write the thing you want banished on a piece of white paper, like "fear of spiders." Then you burn the paper and supposedly, "poof" it's gone! Make sure you burn your paper in a fireproof container if you're indoors, allowing the smoke from the incense to mix with the smoke from the paper. Tarragon is known as a protective and calming herb.
Tarragon is best preserved in vinegar or frozen for storage. You can also dry the herb for later use. Hang sprigs in a shady, warm, dry place until well-dried. Store in airtight containers. To freeze, swish branches in cool water to remove debris, pat dry and strip leaves from the stems. Place in freezer bags and remove excess air. You can also freeze portions by using ice cube trays. Fill each cell 3/4 full with the leaves and add hot water to cover. Once frozen, remove the cubes and store in a freezer bag or container to add to your recipes later.
Companions to -- Almost all plants, especially tomatoes
Spacing -- 24" apart
Exposure -- Sun / Shade
Mature Size -- 70 days
Feature -- Enhances Fish Dishes
Soil pH -- 6.0 to 7.3
Water Usage -- Average
Time to plant in garden -- When danger of frost has passed
Growing Tips -- Plant in full sun to partial shade. Tarragon does best in well-drained soil.
Fertilizer -- 5-10-5 at recommended rate when planted. Additional feedings are usually not needed.
Helps repel pests? -- Said to repel/deter many pests. Plant all around the garden for best results.