Saturday, July 21, 2007
No, not where the coins are minted, but rather where the tasty and lovely to look at yet thuggish Apple mint.
As you can see in the photo, the bed behind the shade cloth covered bed is the mint, with a small patch of bee balm in the center. It is out of control, it has taken over 95% of the raised bed, and I am routinely weeding mint out of the vegetable garden. It smells suspiciously minty when the lawn in that area is mowed.
Dan keeps saying things like "we have to rip that whole bed out," or "we should just solarize the whole bed and kill all the weeds (i.e. mint)." I DO want the space for more vegetables, BUT, I love the mint.
It is, as I said above, tasty, lovely to look at, and makes terrific mojitos! So, what to do about it?? I want a nice big patch for mojitos and mint jelly and chutneys and iced tea. We have several large plastic planters available (50 gal drum size and one only slightly smaller faux terra cotta pot.) But will the mint thrive in a pot? Or do we bury the pot? If so, how far down will mint roots travel? Suggestions, anyone?
Posted by Ali at 10:26 PM