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As some of you know we bought our first home in December and are now seeing all the fun treasures popping up in our yard.
I have these plants in my garden, in what appears to be an herb area. The leaves have a really strong minty smell when you crush them... almost like lemon Mr. Clean. lol

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If the leaves are fuzzy and the stems are square, it's lemon mint (or beebalm), a member of the mint family along with peppermint, spearmint and catnip. It makes great tea.
 
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After some research I'm thinking its Lemon Balm, not Beebalm...
 

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That stuff is great in iced tea.
 
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So what all can I do with this great stuff?? :)
 

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Crush fresh leaves into lemonade, garnish any "lemony" dishes you make, toss in a salad, when it's hot out, draw a cool bath and put a handful of fresh leaves in. You're blessed with this, you know, I think I'm jealous!:)
 

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It is good cooked on pork too..You want to smash it a bit to get the juices flowing. Lay on pork chops or steak..Really good if on the grill..Tea fresh or dryed..If your going to dry it pick it early on a morning and before it goes to bloom
 

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Wow, thanks girls! I can't believe all the stuff I'm learning everyday in my own yard! :)
 

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Here's another one...
This one is in the "herb area" of my garden too, but it could be just in the wrong spot. Its a bigger bush than the Lemon Balm.

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Here's another one...
This one is in the "herb area" of my garden too, but it could be just in the wrong spot. Its a bigger bush than the Lemon Balm.

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It looks like tarragon according to Google Images. Here's a flavor description from the web:
"Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise."
I'm jealous of your herb garden :).
 

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I believe it is Tarragon... the leaves smell like licorice when I crush them. Mmmm. :)
 

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It is not in a pot, and I do see that it is spreading and growing elsewhere in the garden. I am just weeding out the plants that have sprung up where they don't belong. I will watch it tho, thanks for the heads up!
 

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I grew some lemon balm from seed last year, which survived but looked spindly with a couple of stems apiece with leaves. This year those two plants have returned with a vengeance, having metamorphosed over the winter into small shrubs.

I moved mine (with a generous shovelful of soil around the root balls) down past the end of the garden, into the fringes where weed trees, garlic mustard, wild blackberries, and creeping Charley vie for dominance. If I know mint, it will defeat all these foes.
 
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