Y’all, I have to confess, I’m SO not good at keeping green things alive. I do okay with some small pots, but that’s about as far as I can go. So the best thing for me is to do is to just stick with some of my very favorite herbs.
I LOVE MINT. I love the fragrance. I love how green and happy it is. I love that it’s hard to kill.
I normally go with just one variety of mint, but this year, I splurged and chose 3:
Sweet Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint.
I can’t get enough of it!
I’ve had these black pots for about 3 years, and I still think they are cool. But the dirt was very gross. It was dry and packed down from winter neglect, so it took a little digging and cleaning out to get things ready for my sweet, little mint plants.
I had to take out the root ball from last fall’s plant. I can’t even remember what that was. I accidentally killed my mint last summer- even though it’s hard to kill. I’m the Terminator of plants. I bet they see me coming at the hardware store and tremble.
I’m going to do better this year. I swear on my brown thumb.
Once I cleaned out all the dead roots and junk, I mixed in some new potting soil so these guys will have a fighting chance.
You can see the difference in the leaves. They all smell UH-MA-ZING.
After placing them, just add new soil to reach the level of the base of the plant and pat down. But you probably know that already. Planting 101.
I remembered to water them immediately. I can feel my brown thumb starting to turn a shade of dark green already.
Now every time I walk out the front door, I stoop down and brush the leaves with my fingers so I can get a nice, big whiff of mint. And now I have three different options. I might just crawl up in there in that 3 Mint Planter and roll around in it. YUM.
Warning: if you plant mint in the ground it will take-the-freak over. It’s wild and crazy, always looking for a party and it will get it. That’s why I keep in in pots. Boundaries, sistah… boundaries.
Do you grow mint in your garden? What’s your favorite variety?