The Gardener's Minute
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Plant your mint where you can
control it. Don't think just because you put it in a pot that is
sufficient. Keep your eye on the pots too: mint can crack
clay pots and escape into the neighboring area. Unless you
want mint everywhere, grub out all those pesky runners that find
their way into the soil as soon as possible. Once those runner's
roots really take hold and the other plants grow around them,
that space will be mint for life.
Don't put more than one
kind of mint in a pot. If you mix your different kinds of mints
up in the same pot, either one mint will smother the rest or they
will get so mixed up, it will be difficult to tell them apart.
Mint likes full sun and
lots of water. If you put your mint in the shade, it will
grow floppy and the flavor will not be as strong as when you grow
it in the sun. Mint is hardy to zone 5 and
likes almost any garden soil.
When you cut Mint, cut all the
way back to the ground. If you want to enjoy the many different
colors of flowers, cut them off before the seed is ripe. Remember
that when an herb is flowering it is not making lots of nice
leaves to cook with. Shear your mint to the ground in the fall
and it will emerge shining and ready for gourmand use in the
Mint grown in pots needs to be divided every
year and repotted with fresh soil.
It will fill its pot quickly
and crowd itself out to the point of extinction.
For more on repotting Mint, visit The
Great Mint Caper Newsletter.