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Back in...oh...'97, I guess it would have been, maybe '96, I had a hewge mint garden. At my peak, I had ten different varieties (spearmint, peppermint, orange mint, pineapple mint, chocolate mint, catnip, blue balsam mint, apple mint, crinkled mint, lime mint). Briefly I had pennyroyal, catmint and lemon mint--not really a mint--growing, but never at the same time as my first big crop.

I made the BEST iced tea with this stuff. A lot of people who didn't like iced tea loved it.

Anyway, I found myself with some free time and a desire to garden, so I went to the store and bought 15 mints--pepper, chocolate, spear, english (or horse), "candy mint" (?), pennyroyal, grape, crinkle, orange, pineapple, verigated, citrus, and a few others. I've potted them (well, I ran out of pots at 12), and they're in the back yard now.

Places where I'm thinking I've screwed up: Mints are really durable plants, they can handle texas summer if they've got partial shade, but they need drainage. I cut corners and bought topsoil, which I'm regretting, but it was hard to pass up $1.25/40Lb compared to $5/20lbs. Maybe I can phase in some better stuff with my next paycheck. I've also bought them while it is technically winter, even though I'm wandering around barefoot in a tanktop and shorts. We have been having a single late freeze lately.

I'm thinking iced tea thoughts.

Things I don't have: Blue Balsam, Catnip.


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Jan. 15th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Mints make for aromatic gardens. I've planted peppermint, lemon balm, and spearmint with great success. Spearmint grows quite well in this area and if you plant it into the ground, you'll have a hard time keeping it from re-growing should you decide to use the garden for something else!
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
*nod* Spearmint's amazing--it survived two years of no watering, full sun, after I got bored last time. Powerful stuff!
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