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Name: William Groth
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Willinator
May 21, 2020 1:37 PM CST
Hello everyone.

I currently have the herbs oregano and 5 types of basil
as well as Anise Hyssop, Mexican Mint Marigold, Salad
Burnet, and Lemon Verbena. And now I am working on
harvesting and what to use my herbs for.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 23, 2020 1:46 AM CST
Are all your basils a form of basilicum (the culinary forms)? I am still getting leaves from my sweet basils, but the variety 'Eleanor' I am especially pleased with. I do dry my herbs and they are gifts for grandchildren, am currently researching ways to dry that Rootbeer plant leaf, and I make special blends at special requests (Italian Seasoning).
Your hyssop might make a pleasant tea?
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 23, 2020 1:58 AM CST
The oregano is tops for drying. A good way to preserve basil is to put it into a blender or food processor with a little water and chop up really good. Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Then pop them out and put in bags. When you cook Italian, pop a cube in. Drying basil seems to highlight the peppered taste, not as good. Use lemon verbena fresh or dried for tea. Salad burnet fresh in salads. Don't know about Mexican mint marigold. Anise Hyssop for tea, as Kat says.
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Name: William Groth
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Willinator
May 23, 2020 6:52 AM CST
The Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes) can be used (especially here in Texas) as
a substitute for French Tarragon as it has the nickname "Texas Tarragon" I have
often used it when I make a rose petal and "Texas Tarragon" herbal vinegar.

I have tried to grow tarragon but it seems to think it has "gone to H--l" and it
dies. It does not seem to like heat and humidity.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 23, 2020 6:57 AM CST
Oh, ok. Now I'm interested. I have not been able to grow regular tarragon, either. Is it an annual? And I had forgot to mention herb vinegars. I make oregano and basil vinegars. The basil one is vey good to make Italian vinaigrette dressing with. I see you already know about the vinegars! nodding
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Name: William Groth
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Willinator
May 23, 2020 7:11 AM CST
Yes, I have really enjoyed making my rose tarragon vinegar at my old house where I had more than
enough varieties of roses to get lots of petals. Now I am somewhat challenged because I really
don't have the roses that I did then because to make it I will need about a cup of rose petals with
the leaves of the "Texas Tarragon" to go with the plain white vinegar. I use to make it a lot and now
not at all unless I find a nice rose which produces lots of nice pink flowers. and give up on one of the
3 roses I have now.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
May 23, 2020 3:22 PM CST
gardenfish said:Oh, ok. Now I'm interested. I have not been able to grow regular tarragon, either. Is it an annual? ! nodding


In my zone it is perennial. It also blooms for me in late fall. I have seen others that bloom earlier.
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pod
May 23, 2020 3:22 PM CST
gardenfish said:Oh, ok. Now I'm interested. I have not been able to grow regular tarragon, either. Is it an annual? ! nodding


In my zone it is perennial. It also blooms for me in late fall. I have seen others that bloom earlier.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 23, 2020 3:37 PM CST
I've seen seeds for it. I think I'll give it a try next year. I'm not really so far from being a zone 8 a. I've seen some maps that put me as a zone 8 a. Maybe it would be a perennial for me, too.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 23, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Mine dies in winter after blooming near Sept, gets maybe 2.5' to 3' hi. Returns if not disturbed. It has a deep musky type of smell, I do not use it in anything I eat- it is strong.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 24, 2020 2:28 AM CST
I do like the look of it. And I like the idea of a ground cover type plant. Thumbs up
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pod
May 24, 2020 10:17 AM CST
gardenfish said:I do like the look of it. And I like the idea of a ground cover type plant. Thumbs up


Some types may be a ground cover. Mine isn't. It is about 18" to 24" tall.

The plant does fill in and spread though.
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gardengus
May 24, 2020 12:35 PM CST
I read some where that hyssop planted among cabbage helps repel unwanted offenders

I have tons of seedlings this year so I am giving it a try.

The insects love the blooms but I don't like anise smell or taste Shrug!
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mom2goldens
May 27, 2020 7:51 PM CST
Lemon verbena is my favorite lemon herb. For some great recipes, I'd look at
http://lemonverbenalady.blogsp...

Although she doesn't blog any more, she has some lovely recipes. I've made the jelly and cookies. It also makes a delicious lemon ice cream.

Have extras? Dry it and include it in tea; it also makes a wonderful bath herb tea blend.
Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 27, 2020 8:15 PM CST
I had the chance to compare the Mexican Mint Marigold and a Tarragon plant a day or so ago. They smell exactly alike. My MMM is not a ground cover- it grows up, but it is crowded where I have it and it didn't show up there last year at all. I like the plant, I simply do not use it as culinary.
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gardengus
May 30, 2020 9:26 PM CST
Hurray!
Willinator
I saw your post on another thread
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Hear is your original thread (easy to get lost around here) nodding
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Name: William Groth
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Willinator
May 30, 2020 10:06 PM CST
Yes, I have added another Mexican Mint Marigold plant in that same container and this one has a more vertical/upright growth. I think they will do well together in the same container and hopefully will totally take over the container. Then I will have plenty of "Texas Tarragon" to use in herbal vinegars.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
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