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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jun 7, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Hi everyone.

I just discovered something about the house I moved to, We had a lot of massive plants, and I thought they were weeds. I walked by them to give my dogs water and I discovered they had an herb - like smell. So I posted some pictures on the Plant ID forum and Identified the four herbs I have. They are Tarragon, Oregano, Lavender, and Lemon Balm.

Once we identified them, me and my mom tasted them and we confirmed they were the Herbs I listed above.

Now my questions,

How do I properly use these herbs and how do I prepare them?

My last question is this, What can I use these herbs for?

I want to make the most out of what I have.

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Tarragon

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Oregano

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Lemon Balm

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Lavender

Any help will be appreciated

Jared
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 8, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Herbs do like to be trimmed. You can use them fresh or you can harvest as you trim and hang them up to dry in a dark, dry place. When dried, you can crumble and store them in jars for cooking. I've stored some in freezer bags in the freezer as well. Lavender wands (the flowering stems) can be harvested and dried and used in drawer sachets or hung in a clothes closet or displayed in a vase. Make sure you don't cut the lavender too far back into the woody bits as those stems might not regrow.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 8, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Oregano ! The hero of Italian sauce Hurray! Now ! Carefull ! It's potent !

Oragano and tarragon, are usefull in many dishes. Take the two, and make seprate teas. See how each tastes. That will give you some ideal.
I'm not sure about lavender, or balm ! You better check them out !
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 8, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Love tarragon. It's great in chicken and egg dishes or even beef Stroganoff. I think lemon balm is good for tea. Also good as mosquito repellent if you crush leaves and rub on your skin. It's the lemon scent that discourages mosquitoes. Oregano in Italian and Greek dishes.
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 8, 2017 6:13 PM CST
We dry the lemon balm and make tea, especially welcome during the winter months.

Dried lavender flowers can be added to homemade cookie dough. Very delicate flavor.
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Many Italians have told me that Oregano is for pizza and for steak pizzaiola but never for spaghetti sauce. Maybe different parts of Italy? Shrug!
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jun 8, 2017 6:25 PM CST
Hi everyone.

Thanks for the advice. As soon as I find my jars, I will start drying the leaves and I will put them into the jars.

I read that Lavender flowers can be used for Herbal Tea, is this true?

Jared
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2017 7:39 PM CST
A couple things to remember (some have been mentioned):

Dry your herbs naturally by hanging them in a cool, dark place (NO dehydrators).

Pick your herbs early in the morning (when they have the most flavor)

Dried herbs are a lot stronger than fresh herbs but the fresh ones taste so much better.
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