Monday, August 27, 2012

A Mint Garden

Mint, in all its forms, is incredibly invasive in the Sydney climate. With no frost to knock it back, it can take over gardens and be impossible to get rid of.

Therefore, we have not had much mint in our lives - I only dare grow it in pots, and around here few things in pots survive a 40+ day. They tend to get cooked.

But, we've got this odd scrappy bit of garden. Its at the top of the drive, and is home to an apricot tree, the airconditioner and The Cat That Will Not Die - thus the kennel and the blanket.

This area is surrounded by tarmac, and has, to date, done little except grow weeds and provide shelter for the many members of our snail population.
So in a moment of blinding inspiration I decided that rather than be the eyesore that greeted guests who made it as far as our front door, we could turn it into a mint garden. Its surrounded by tarmac so the chances of the mint absconding into the garden are slim. I hope.
I've got common mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint and apple mint.
Mint garden
I'm on the lookout for some basil mint as well, someone on twitter told me it is wonderful, and I've never heard of it before :)

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farmer_liz said...

good idea. Mine is in pots.... and it survives frost! I use it to make mint tea :) I would like to set it free when I have more space.

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Dear god, its unstoppable!!

Love peppermint tea, that's what I use it for mostly as well :)

Emma Sloan said...

I just let mine take over the herb bed during the lean winter months... Since I am too impatient to grow any member of the brassica family and most other winter veg. Then I just rip it up and plant the rampant summer herbs that smother it. Another great use when you have a glut is stick in chilled pineapple juice in summer. Looks pretty in glass jug and is yummy.