Growing Tarragon In The Herb Garden: A Guide To Successful Gardening
By Mikey C.
Grow your own herbs!
You’ve heard it before and you probably will again, but how do you go about doing so? How much time does it take to grow one herb plant? What’s the best way to start with them? Do I need special equipment or do I just have to be patient and wait for my herbs to mature naturally?
I’m here to tell you that all of these questions are answered in this guide to growing herbs. I’ll cover everything from starting seeds, selecting plants, watering them, and even how to propagate them. There’s no better place than the garden where you live!
In addition to being a gardener myself, I grew up on the farm and learned all about gardening from my parents. So when they told me that there was a book called “Herb Gardening” that had been published, I knew I had to read it. When I did, it was like finding a treasure trove of information!
The first thing you’ll want to do is get yourself some herbs. If you don’t already have them, you might consider getting some dried basil or oregano. These two herbs are easy to grow and come in many different colors and shapes. They’re perfect for adding into salads and soups.
You really can’t go wrong with the mint family either, especially peppermint. It has a very strong smell and taste to it. If you use it in iced tea, you won’t need to put any sugar in it because the mint will take care of that for you!
Cinnamon basil is another good choice if you like things a little on the sweeter side. You can even use it to make a type of beer if you’re into that sort of thing.
One of the best things about herbs is that even when they’re not in flower, they look beautiful! This is important for city gardeners who don’t have a lot of land to work with. Herbs can fit in even the smallest of balconies or terraces!
You really can’t go wrong with any choice you make. Just be sure to choose something that sounds good to you and you’re all set.
So you’ve gotten your herbs.
You want to place them in a spot where they’re going to get a lot of sun all day long. If this isn’t possible, then you may need to add an artificial light source if you’re wanting to grow things like basil or mint. These plants really like it when they’ve got lots of sun all the time.
If you don’t have an area in your home that gets a lot of sun, you may want to consider placing your herbs outside. Just be sure to place them somewhere that people or animals aren’t going to mess with them. For example, I once had this problem with my sister’s peach tree. She had a nice one in her backyard, but raccoons kept messing with it and eventually killed it.
If you’ve got small children or pets, a chicken wire cage may be a better idea if you don’t want them to mess with the herbs. You can also surround the area where you’ve planted the herbs with some type of wall such as bricks or stones. Even wood will do in a pinch.
If you’re growing basil, you’ll want to start with the seeds since it grows best this way. If you’re growing mint or oregano, you can always start with some of those little starter plants you can find at your local garden shop. They usually come in small plastic pots with the root systems exposed.
Once you get them home, all you have to do is gently pull them out of the plastic containers and place them into the ground. Remember that these are mostly already developed plants so you don’t need to worry about things like preparing soil or anything like that.
Once you have them in the ground, keep an eye on them for a bit. You may need to water them a few times until they get established. After a week or so, you should be able to water them about once a week unless it has been extremely hot and dry where you live. (Some people like to use those little water cans that have a spout at the front end for watering small plants.
Sources & references used in this article:
Biological characteristics and useful properties of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L.) by M Smith – 1999 – Macmillan
The Edible Herb Garden by AM Aglarova, IN Zilfikarov, OV Severtseva – Pharmaceutical Chemistry …, 2008 – Springer
French Tarragon in the Garden by R Creasy – 2013 – books.google.com
Trace metal uptake by garden herbs and vegetables by D Drost, B Hudson – 2009 – digitalcommons.usu.edu
Growing & using herbs successfully by SL Felty – 1983 – Storey Publishing
Savory herbs: culture and use by FA Bardswell – 1911 – A. & C. Black
Growing herbs in the home garden by M Shariatpanahi, AC Anderson, F Mather – Biological trace element …, 1986 – Springer