Growing Food

How to Grow Tarragon!

Tarragon blog post
French tarragon is a plant that cannot be grown from seeds, but only transplants or cuttings. Mexican tarragon (a great substitute!) can be grown from seed or be transplanted. This unique herb adds a wonderful taste to your dishes! This is a great plant to use as a companion to other plants as well since it helps to repel many insects.
 

How to Grow:

Tarragon is planted after danger of frost in the spring. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Tarragon seeds are planted 1/8 inc deep, 1 per square foot, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Tarragon seeds will sprout within 7-14 days. Water your tarragon weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Artichokes Marjoram NONE!!!
Beans (Bush & Pole) Oregano  
Eggplant Rhubarb  
Marigold Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)  

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for <plant name>:

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Harvesting:

Tarragon will be ready to harvest in approximately 60-90 days. You may begin harvesting when there is enough leaves to maintain growth and you can leave at least 1/3 of the leaves. The best times to harvest are in the morning.

Cooking & Eating!

Tarragon is best used fresh, but can be dried and frozen as well. Tarragon goes well with various meats, poultry, and seafood. You can also make a great vinaigrette by infusing white wine vinegar with tarragon leaves.

 

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