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Old 06-03-2015, 05:27 AM   #1
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All fresh herbs taste like mint

Whenever I try to grow an herb garden I notice that all of my herbs taste like mint. I usually grow cilantro, basil, and thyme. I never actually grow any mint. This holds especially true as the herbs become very mature and go to seed. I usually discard them by this point.

Anyone else having a similar problem?

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Old 06-03-2015, 07:02 AM   #2
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I never grew anything but dill. Never had such problems. Interesting.


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Old 06-03-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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I've never had that problem, either, and I grow over a dozen herbs.

Thyme is a perennial and shouldn't need to be discarded each year.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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I've never had that problem either as far as a mint taste and I have grown mint in the past with my other herbs, just not recently since we don't really use it that much and it will explode and take-over in S. Florida. I do, however, end up having to discard and start over again, several times a year for basil and usually once or twice a year for other things, except rosemary. It just gets too hot here and it doesn't seem to matter how much I water them, they just get woody or die or get really ratty looking.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:06 PM   #5
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Success in growing herbs, or just about anything, does depend somewhat on the local climate. Mine is temperate, so most herbs do very well here. Btw, I keep my mint in a strawberry pot on the patio to keep it contained. It's invasive here, too.

inchrisin, where are you located?
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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Success in growing herbs, or just about anything, does depend somewhat on the local climate. Mine is temperate, so most herbs do very well here. Btw, I keep my mint in a strawberry pot on the patio to keep it contained. It's invasive here, too.

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Yeh, I tried it in a pot, it just grew roots out the bottom and roots into the ground from the trailers over the pot edges. I never will forget trying to pick the mint pot up to take it in when a hurricane was coming years ago, yanked and yanked and it wasn't budging. Ended up just leaving it there because it wasn't going anywhere unless you took a machete to hack off all the roots that had grown out of it and attached it to the ground. On a patio would be about the only place I could grow it and I'd have to trim it constantly.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:42 PM   #7
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All fresh herbs taste like mint

None of my herbs taste like mint, except my mint. My oregano has eaten my thyme, it's almost as invasive as mint. I grow my peppermint and spearmint in pots buried in the ground too. The lemon balm, a mint relative, has taken over a big corner of my shade garden, and the hyssop, another mint cousin, has done a good job of colonizing the front garden.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:45 PM   #8
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I'd check with your doctor.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:51 PM   #9
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I don't have enough space to let mint-family herbs take over I cut them back ruthlessly in the fall. I'm out of dried oregano, in fact, so if the rain stops today, I'll go and clip some and put it in a dry vase.
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My herbs always smell and taste of what they are, not mint.
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