A garden is the best alternative therapy.

The corner of the yard is slowly filling up with spearmint and peppermint plants.   At the end of September, I took a bunch of stem and root cuttings from the mother plants as well as a few established clones and stuck them in the ground in the southeast corner of the yard.  The spot is pretty shaded from the Texas Lilac tree growing in the corner of the neighbor’s yard, but the mints don’t seem to notice.  They’ve sent out runners in all directions now, and I see the tips of many more cuttings poking through the dirt (click on images below to see larger pics).  Both varieties should be hardy in this zone through the winter, and I should have a very well-established and FULL bed of mint by next Spring.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty to offer for cuttings if anyone is interested.

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The mint bed, 11/8/09. These plants were either established clones (3 largest) or buried cuttings and root sections.

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the mint bed, 10/17/09 (three weeks after planting)

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Comments on: "More on the mint bed (six-week update)" (2)

  1. awarewriter said:

    Give the mint a few years and it will be everywhere.

    • roundrockgarden said:

      that’s okay, i won’t be here in a few years – i hope the next tenants enjoy mint! LOL!

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