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Our Growing Mint Herbs Experience

Updated on March 21, 2015

Mint Border Around The Garden

Thank You mint plants for the aromatic border you line the garden with.
Thank You mint plants for the aromatic border you line the garden with. | Source

Experimenting With Growing Our Own Mint

On the front porch away from the wind, under the window would be a marvelous spot to plant various kinds of mint in colorful matching containers. Natural fragrance and herbs are the smells we want to fragrance the house instead of perfumed sprays that make myself and the dog sneeze.

Protecting our mint in containers brings out their fragrance. We get a lot of south winds that blow hard on our sweet smelling yard. Many of my herbs get blown off the porch it can be so strong. Yet that is where we get the strongest sun. The first sun is on the back porch, so a simple touch of a wood fence wall slows down the wind, still lets the sun in.

We love leaving the back door open when the sun comes out. The dog comes running back in from his walk filling up the whole house with the sweet mint fragrance.

It grows way too fast in this wonderful garden spot where the sun shines nice and hot.

As we looked around we notice we had a few clay and plastic pots about. Now we needed potting soil, some handy instructions, and more of this wonderful northwest sunshine to keep us outside busy transplanting our mint gift.

What Can You Do With Mint - Eat It, Drink It, Bathe in It, Decorate With It, Breathe in its Fragrant Aromas.

Mint we didn't know there was so much you could do. Now it is time to go experiment.

You can even make mint wreaths. Wouldn't that be a wonderful treat for a gift?

What a wonderful thought to make a mint wreath to spread its wonderful essence in the places where it can heal us best. A multi use gift makes it more special yet. It can be eaten, adorned as an ornament, cut up and savored as herb for a fine dinner, or spread around the table to tantalize our tastebuds to enjoy a good meal.

Wire frames and fishing line are all that is needed to make a beautiful wreath.

Let the base dry in a cool, dark spot for several days to allow the herbs to shrink.

A mixture of mint herbs can be used for visual effect.

Their tiny flowers can be used to fill in the gaps.

Only use glue if it is for decoration only, not good for eating hot glue is not.

Mint, The Miraculous Herb and more than 30 Ways To Use It (Handy Book Series 2)
Mint, The Miraculous Herb and more than 30 Ways To Use It (Handy Book Series 2)

Eat It, Drink It, Bathe in It, Decorate With It, Breathe in its Fragrant Aromas.

 

Expanding The Mint

You Gave Us As A Gift

Thanks for the wonderful gift, a big bouquet of fresh mint from your garden sis. You know me and my mind, I gotta transplant it, grow more of it, decorate pots with it and oh my gosh, look at all the wonderful ways we can use it.

Eat it, make tea with it, decorate with it, breath it, refresh our spirits with it, share it. Even heal from it.

Cannot thank you enough so here ya go, a sprig of it for your tea, from little ole me. Grown in my yard from all the wonderful starts you shared from our community garden.

Maybe that is why they are multiplying so fast, they are trying to keep up with all the ideas we come up with. Herbs at Farmers Markets are quite popular. Wonder how much and what kinds of mint they produce?

It would be another fun experience to fill our summer fun with as popular as they are around this part of the country.

Do Hummingbirds Love Mint? - They Certainly Seem To

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As we were transplanting this fragrant mint a couple of hummingbirds hovered around the spot."All Photos by RHR unless otherwise noted."The hummingbirds filled us with this thought of "Oh yes, plant some mint outside for us, we love it so much."Now that some of the mint is out of the garden some other great vegetable starts can get planted.Oh fast growing mint trying to take over the onions and garlic, lets get you dried, eaten, and frozen for those summer time drinks.Now we have our own little bucket of this fine smelling herb to grow and experience all the many uses it can give us.
As we were transplanting this fragrant mint a couple of hummingbirds hovered around the spot."All Photos by RHR unless otherwise noted."
As we were transplanting this fragrant mint a couple of hummingbirds hovered around the spot. "All Photos by RHR unless otherwise noted."
The hummingbirds filled us with this thought of "Oh yes, plant some mint outside for us, we love it so much."
The hummingbirds filled us with this thought of "Oh yes, plant some mint outside for us, we love it so much."
Now that some of the mint is out of the garden some other great vegetable starts can get planted.
Now that some of the mint is out of the garden some other great vegetable starts can get planted.
Oh fast growing mint trying to take over the onions and garlic, lets get you dried, eaten, and frozen for those summer time drinks.
Oh fast growing mint trying to take over the onions and garlic, lets get you dried, eaten, and frozen for those summer time drinks.
Now we have our own little bucket of this fine smelling herb to grow and experience all the many uses it can give us.
Now we have our own little bucket of this fine smelling herb to grow and experience all the many uses it can give us.

Mint Herbs - Growing Practices and Health Benefis

" Mint is grown as an annual leafy vegetable if they are grown for culinary purposes. For commercial purposes such as for oil extraction, mint is grown as a perennial herb. A mint herb plantation is having an economic life of more than three years."

These are just a few of the wonderful discoveries we learned about fresh mints and our growing experiment. It is refreshing to have such a profound knowledge of such old herbal plants.

Mint Herbs: Growing Practices and Health Benefits
Mint Herbs: Growing Practices and Health Benefits

Mint, a whole yard of it, so many good uses we have found for it.

 

The Growing World of Mint

Interesting Information We Read From the Back Cover of Above Mint Book

"Mint herbs are fast-growing and can be easily established in the gardens; therefore established plants need little care. They have a tendency to form colonies through vast networking of runners (creeping stems) along the soil surface and may become invasive if their growth is unchecked."

We found this to be very true as this gifted mint began to take over the first open spot we transplanted it in. Right away we knew we'd have to gather up some pots and get to learning a way to contain this hearty growing plant. Since we don't consider ourselves that much of a cook, we also have been enjoying looking into all the other creative uses this world of mint provides for us and our friends and families.

Mint Loves To Run Wild;

We Are Learning How To Contain It.

We have one bushy tree we need to remove out of the way. Tree lovers that we are it has been hard to do. Yet in its place we want to create a sunny little ground cover spot for our mint to grow free to a certain degree along with the strawberries along that outer fence line. Since there is a gate right there we think it would make a perfect Zen relaxing spot with some sort of wall to set up a chair and candle meditative fragrant outdoor shelter.

Mint is a vigorous herb, taking over the garden and yard if not contained somehow. We are trying it in a hanging plant formation too. Our place may be a bit shady for it. We are waiting for it to flower so we can transplant it again to sunnier parts of the yard. Those handy little scissors will snip the ones we need to dry real good.

Essentials for Growing Mint

A hardy container, clay pots, window boxes, you choose.

Morning Sun and some afternoon shade.

A variety of pots to contain mint on your patio or planted in the yard.

Good Mulch and Quality Potting Soil.

Garden scissors, gloves and small digging spades and hoes.

Mint Facts

From Garden Masters: Barbara Pleasant in Gardening Essentials, Sunset Container Gardening Editors and American Gardening Series, Herbs by Martha E. Kraska

A herbal garden of mint varieties are filled with a harmony of fragrant foliage that lasts throughout the growing seasons. I feel like a master gardener, herbs are so hearty and easy to grow.

Mint is such a hardy plant it can grow in just about any soil and likes sun and shade.

This is the number one reason I keep mine in pots, I love to move them around.

Mint loves rich compost with bone meal worked into it every spring.

They seem to enjoy my variety of clay pots.

If you also enjoy a vegetable garden, mint is a wonderful helper to plant near tomatoes and cabbage as it repels white cabbage moth and enhances flavor.

With a little extra care, mint is also a great herb to grow indoors. It does require some full sunlight, if you need more, fluorescent or plant lights can be used.

Ideal temperatures are 65 degrees daytime and nighttime of 55 degrees.

Keep away from window sills when it is freezing outside.

A rich soil with good drainage and large enough pots for the roots to grow.

Add a little fertilizer, every month or so.

Adequate water that keeps them moist but doesn't drown them.

Not good to leave them sitting in water either, as that can bring on diseases.

Herbs need plenty of space and air to circulate around and between them.

I have one patch of yard I have to just let them run free for the fragrance.

Containers to Experience Our Mint - On The Patio

We found this really great planter to experience a calmer garden experience for this ever growing mint. Plus it is closer now, so we can walk real close to it going back and forth.

Fresh Wonderful Mint - So Many Ways We Are Finding To Make Use of It.

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Fresh Mint Growing In Our Sisters Yard.We Enjoy Cooking With It.We Are Learning What Kind This Is.  Not quite sure yet, do you know?  Please tell us.  We love the way it smells no doubt.
Fresh Mint Growing In Our Sisters Yard.
Fresh Mint Growing In Our Sisters Yard.
We Enjoy Cooking With It.
We Enjoy Cooking With It.
We Are Learning What Kind This Is.  Not quite sure yet, do you know?  Please tell us.  We love the way it smells no doubt.
We Are Learning What Kind This Is. Not quite sure yet, do you know? Please tell us. We love the way it smells no doubt.

Some varieties of mint such as peppermint, spearmint and Japanese mint are mainly grown for extracting mint oil.

— Roby Jose Ciju is a professional horticulturist

Mint Knowledge

Thank you local libraries, internet searches, and master gardeners answers to our many questions.

Mint is best grown in a contanier since it grows very rapidly and likes to spread around.

Mint needs plenty of water so I use a high quality potting mix. In the spring and summer a time release fertilizer needs to be added when plants are 4 to 6 inches tall. Snip off leaves as you need them, avoid trimming off more than one third of he foliage at any one time though.

In smaller containers and on warm days water daily is essential.

I need to cut some leaves off mine for use in tea and as a garnish for vanilla ice cream. I threw a few leaves on the grill with the chicken, didn’t notice much difference in the taste. I did like the aroma of the smoke rising up from it.

One of my plastic containers has a handy little hook where I put my scissors. That really helps me to keep the trimming up, this hardy mint grows so fast.

Dry the leaves before the plant goes to seed on a tray or screen in a dry, warm, dark place. Store the dry stripped leaves in a container that closes tightly.

© 2014 MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose

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    Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

    I really liked all the ways you use mint. I have a couple of mint containers where the mint is growing heartily. I love the scent when I'm outside, but you just gave me the idea of bringing some of that fragrance indoors.

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    julieannbrady 3 years ago

    I don't have any experience growing mint, but if hummingbirds love it, I think I will try it.

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    Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

    I love my spearmint and peppermint plants. Have it right outside my door and love snipping off some to nibble or add to my tea. It's so refreshing and sooths the stomach.