Such a useful "dragoon grass"
Perennial plant with narrow dark green leaves, grows bushes up to 1 m high. The leaves are very delicate, have a strong aroma, slightly bitter, with a slight anise flavor. In Georgia, tarragon is called the queen of greenery, or tarragon. Leaves contain essential oils, vitamin C, carotene, rutin.
In folk medicine, tarragon is used to improve appetite, eliminate bad breath, it helps digestion and metabolism.
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Finely chopped leaves are used to make salad, vinaigrette, added when pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, pickled cabbage, and also as a spicy seasoning for the first dishes.
Varieties are available: French, Russian, Gribovsky. Tarragon grows quickly in early spring, as soon as the snow melts. Tarragon is most useful in the first three years, although in one place it can grow up to 10 years.
Tarragon is propagated by seeds, dividing the bush, cuttings, root offspring. Tarragon seeds are very small, so they are best sown in seedlings in February-March. Then, young plants are planted in open ground in the third decade of April. At this time, they quickly take root and are not afraid of low temperatures. It is better to propagate tarragon by root offspring. Choose two- or three-year-old bushes and in the early spring, when growing, several offspring (plants) are separated and planted in moist soil with a temporary cover of paper from sunlight. Landing pattern 50 × 50 or 60 × 70 cm.
Tarragon can grow both in the sun and in a semi-shaded place. It is unpretentious to the soil, but every spring 3 to 4 kg of humus or compost, 2 to 3 tablespoons of wood ash and 1 tablespoon of any complex fertilizer (nitrofoski, nitroammophoski, etc.) are added to the plants. It is necessary to water abundantly 1 time in 10-12 days.
Over the summer, tarragon is cut 3-4 times and dried for winter harvesting. The height of the cut from the soil surface should not be less than 12 cm. With frequent cutting, more shoots appear and the plant turns into a lush bush with a large number of delicate, soft, fragrant leaves.
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