Mint may be the easiest herb to grow – it will root from cuttings in dirt or in water. In fact, unless you’re careful, mint may take over the garden – it spreads via roots. Which is NO reason to avoid planting it, in my opinion. Mint has its place – and is very versatile in cooking, not the least of which is to make fresh mint tea.
Control mint by planting in containers. Or between sidewalks. Or cut the bottom off of a plastic pot and contain the mint in that. Growing mint has its own rewards, since its almost impossible to kill.
Once you get past the invasive nature of plants in the mint family, sit back and enjoy:
- plant around the outside edge of your chicken coop and run to repel rodents and bugs – chickens generally don’t eat mint, but it doesn’t hurt them if they do (added bonus: mint smells good, so masks any poop smell)
- very few pests enjoy mint (yay!)
- harvest a few leaves for an evening cocktail (mojito, anyone?)
- make a tabouli salad last minute – because YES, you have mint
- dry stalks upside down to make mint tea – there are differing opinions on which is the best mint for tea, but try them all (why not?)
- chew on a leaf after eating to aid digestion
- make your own mint vinegar
- allow some stalks to flower to feed the bees
With so many ways to enjoy mint, and so many different varieties, it may soon become one of your favorite plants.