Return to the Seed Exchange Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
mints?

Posted by lindaruzicka Z6 PA (My Page) on
Fri, May 9, 08 at 10:46

I've received some mints in my exchanges and really want to plant them. Any suggestions how to keep them contained?..I mean besides barb wire and guard dogs...."G"


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: mints?

Containers!


 o
RE: mints?

Definitely containers! I do several and scatter them around the yard for the fragrance. But I make sure they're off the ground and concrete, and when they get close to seed time, I stretch a net of pantyhose under them to keep from getting volunteers in places I don't want them. I usually keep them on a windowsill or table. and if it's windy around seeding time, I'll stretch and tent pantyhose over the top of the pot as well. I adore mints, but don't want to have to fight them all over the yard!

Kathy


 o
RE: mints?

thanks Ladies, I knew I could count on you!...soooo..you're saying containers..."G"


 o
RE: mints?

  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 9, 08 at 12:24

If you want to live a little bit on the edge, you can sink a container in the ground. I've got spearmint going in a 16 quart sterlite container that I poked holes in for drainage and then sunk in the ground. So far, it's stayed corraled,(been a year), but I do keep a close eye on it.


 o
RE: mints?

Susanc...That is living on the edge, as you will likely find out later this year. I planted mint in a 3GAL black pot, covered the drainage holes with screen wire, sunk it to the rim in a bed, and it still escaped out the bottom via runners. I can't remember just how long it took though.

Sue


 o
RE: mints?

  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 9, 08 at 13:14

We'll see...but I AM the only person I've ever met that has managed to kill mint! (and multiple times!)


 o
RE: Not!

No you're not. They have wars, and sometimes kill each other, as in the strongest one wins. I had an area that had peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm. There were really having to compete with weeds too. I'm not sure, but I think only one (if that) has survived being choked out for water, and nutrients.

I killed my chocolate mint with Round UP (actually a generic equivalent). The oregano may be the next, as it seems to have stepped out of line in its garden row and is covering about 10 square feet...or more. I'll probably salvage a start of that though and put it in a container somewhere. I think my neighbor accidentally got into the oregano when he tilled the garden with his tractor and big tiller. It might be everywhere by now...I'm really afraid to look....sigh

Sue


 o
RE: mints?

  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 9, 08 at 20:54

"They have wars, and sometimes kill each other"

LOL -Sounds like the Knights of the Lemon Balm advancing over the hill only to meet up with the Royal Peppermint Brigade, brandishing their swords and red and white shields.


 o
RE: mints?

LOL......


 o
RE: mints?

ohhhh my!!! LOL i haven't killed mine yet so its all good!! LOL i want to get all the kinds of mints there are. i only have grapefruit so far. LOL mine was in a container (big 12") and it had a little crack, and by goerge if it didn't find a way out, and next thing ya know, i had them coming out all over!! LOL so ya know i had to switch very carefully to another container!! and much bigger.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Please Note: Only registered members from the U.S. are able to post messages here (this may be indicated by the title of the forum. All exchanges not indicated otherwise are restricted to those living in the U.S.)

If you are a member from an area mentioned above, please log in.


Return to the Seed Exchange Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here