Tarragon thriving in an herb garden
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Tarragon is a versatile herb used in many different ways for preparing meals. A gardener who enjoys cooking often makes room for at least one tarragon plant out in the herb garden. Find a spot that receives full sun or part shade and plant tarragon in the garden for a perennial herb that will return every year. With minimal care, you will have a happy and thriving tarragon plant.
Fill the seeding tray approximately three-fourths full with the potting soil six weeks prior to outside planting. Plant the seeds approximately one inch apart under one-fourth-inch of soil. Spray the soil lightly with water to moisten it.
Keep the soil evenly moist during germination. After the seeds sprout, place the seeding tray under the grow light with the light shining on the seedlings for approximately four hours per day. When the seedlings are two inches high, thin them so that they are spaced four inches apart in the tray.
Prepare the growing area outside when all threat of frost has passed. Work the soil down three inches with the spade and add a one-inch layer of compost to the top of the soil. Add approximately one-half cup of bonemeal per square yard of growing area also. Use the spade to incorporate the compost and bonemeal into the soil and rake the soil smooth.
Harden the seedlings off to the outdoors approximately one week before transplanting. Move the seedling tray outside in the afternoon and leave it in a sheltered area out of direct sun for three hours. After several days, move the seedling tray to a location that receives some sun and is not as sheltered. Gradually leave the seedlings outside for longer periods over the week until they are spending most of the day outside.
Plant the seedlings in the prepared growing area. Space the plants 1.5 to two feet apart and plant them at the same depth as they were growing in the seeding tray. Water the tarragon plants generously after transplanting.
Give the tarragon plants water if weather conditions are dry. Remove weeds from around the plants as they appear.
Harvest tarragon any time after July by simply cutting the needed foliage from the tops of the plants.
Cut the plants back to just above the soil level in the autumn and place approximately three inches of mulch over the roots of the plants to protect the roots from winter temperatures.