“It is the destiny of mint to be crushed” – Waverly Root
When I started my garden I had no intention on growing herbs. I had nothing against them I was just so new to gardening I didn’t want to chance messing it up. My father in law changed all that.
My father in law told me that he liked having a cup of mint tea everyday. He said he was not having it as often because mint was expensive. He then asked me if I could grow it?
“Of course” was my answer. You will soon learn this is how I started growing almost everything. It makes my father in law happy thus making me happy. Unicorn Crossing is referred to by my father in law as “our garden”. That always makes me smile. Moving on…
So in my normal fashion I set out to learn how to grow mint and this is what I learned.
1. Buy a mint plant. Mint can be grown from seed but why bother. A plant cost about $3 and it will last years. Not only do you get instant mint but it spreads like crazy so you will always have fresh mint.
2. Try new flavors. I didn’t realize how many different types of mint there were and they all taste great. In my garden I grow spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, mojito mint, and pineapple mint.
2. Put mint in a container. As I stated mint grows like crazy and takes over everything. If you put this in your garden you will grow nothing but mint. I’m sure that is not your goal. Simply fill your container halfway with soil, drop your plant in, and cover with soil. I would select at least a one gallon pot or larger. It depends on how much mint you would like.
3. Prune mint often. Cut longer shoots leaving about two inches from the stem. Don’t worry, it will grow back with a vengeance.
4. At the end of the season cut your mint plant back to one inch. Cover the plant with mulch or soil. The plant will survive the winter. I put all my plants in my garage over the winter.
5. Do not fertilize or even care for mint. This is one of those plants that actually like being neglected. Just makes sure it gets water if it’s looking a little sad. If it dries out don’t worry. Add water and it will bounce back.
Note – you can do this with the following herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, oregano, parsley, basil, lavender, coriander, lemon balm, tarragon, catnip, dill, fennel, sorrel, chervil, bay, German chamomile, winter savory, and meadowsweet.
So put all these herbs in pots. Store them in your garage and they will provide you with herbs year after year with one sowing.