According to Jim, to make his tea you
need to harvest a generous handful of mint: stems, leaves and all.
Then wad it up and squeeze it a bit like you would squeeze a wet
dishrag. Put that wadded-up, squeezed mint ball in the bottom of a half-gallon pitcher.
Fill the pitcher completely to the top with ice,
then fill that to the top with water. In 5 minutes you have the most
refreshing iced mint tea you have ever experienced!
blooms in the middle of summer. Jim likes to harvest just the blossom
heads and dry them for winter mint blossom hot tea.
Jim is also real fond of this mint
because it holds up well after frost, when all of the other mints have
died down. He likes to to pick frost-or even ice-covered leaves,
and munch them when he is doing fall garden clean-up chores. Macho
Mint is also the first up in the spring in his garden. Really what
more could you ask, (except maybe a trip to
By the way, Jim is a terrific author
as well as an accomplished and inquisitive gardener. Be sure to check
out all his books.
This plant is often
available in plug trays. These trays hold 128
of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of
space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by 3/4 of an inch. Check here to see