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Planting tarragon: tips on location, plant purchase and planting

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If you want to plant tarragon in the garden, you should follow our simple step-by-step instructions and nothing stands in the way of a rich harvest of the aromatic herb.

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There is nothing better than fruit and vegetables from your own garden. Herbs grown in-house are also a fine thing. If you want to grow tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) this year, you should buy the herb in April in the form of pre-grown plants. If you want to use tarragon as a spice, choose German or French varieties, because they have the most intense taste. Wild varieties look pretty, but they have little flavor to offer because of their lower essential oil content.

Choose location for tarragon

Tarragon appreciates a sunny to partially shaded location. The soil at the location of the plants should be well loosened, moist, but never permanently wet. A high humus content and a neutral soil pH between 6 and 7 promote growth. The plants tolerate slight deviations well.

Also important when choosing a location: Try not to place the tarragon close to other herbs. The plants are not very successful in the fight for nutrients and should not have any directly neighboring competition. Recommended reading: Which herbs go together?

This is how tarragon is properly planted

❶ Plant your tarragon from mid-April to early May. To do this, place the pots in a tub or bucket of clean water on the day of planting until the root ball is well soaked. As soon as bubbles no longer rise, remove the pots and set them aside.

❷ Now deeply loosen the soil in the bed with a spade or a garden claw and remove all weed roots.

❸ Then dig out planting holes about 50 centimeters apart. The holes should have about twice as much volume as the root ball of the tarragon.

❹ Place the root balls in the planting holes and fill them up with soil. If you have fresh compost, use it, otherwise just remove the soil from the bed.

❺ If you want to do something good for your tarragon, put a thin layer of fine gravel all around the plants after planting. The gravel counteracts evaporation, so you don't have to water the tarragon so often in the hot season. Weeds are also difficult to penetrate through a layer of gravel. In addition, such a wreath of light stones just looks great.

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