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Old 06-19-2006, 09:02 AM   #1
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Question Growing Mint In The Shade

Can mint be grown in the shade? I have a huge tree in my yard and I really want to put a half whiskey barrel under it. I thought the barrel would be the perfect place to grow my mint. It would not get any direct sunlight though. Would mint grow in these conditions or would I need to put the barrel in the sun for the mint to grow?

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Old 06-19-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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I have grown mint in the shade, GB. Depending on the variety, it's pretty much a weed, and will grow just about anywhere.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:07 AM   #3
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Thaks Constance. That is what I was guessing, but my mom was telling me otherwise. I guess I will just have to prove her wrong
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:10 AM   #4
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That sounds like a perfect idea for mint. It really can take over so containing it in a barrel is a wonderful idea.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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I love mind, but no way I am putting it in the real garden!

My grandparents had mint growing up through concrete steps at their last house. Crazy stuff!!!
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:18 AM   #6
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Yep. We have a small herb bed dedicated to just chives and mint. The chives are nearly as bad (they poke up in the driveway cracks!!) Ken has found a way to stunt mint growth though. He piles all the snow on that herb bed when he shovels the driveway. Methinks the earth is getting a wee bit packed and there may be some crud in there. I'm afraid to fertilize it though...
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:25 AM   #7
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Hmm will chives take over too? I know they are hardy and come back year after year, but do I need to be careful about planting them in the garden with everything else? I just planted some yesterday.
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They spread nearly as badly as mint does.
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Oh boy thanks for the heads up. I am going to go dig them up tonight!
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When I bought my first home, I userd to get the pleasant aroma of chopped chives every time I mowed my front lawn. A previous owner had grown chives in a garden and they had spread to the front yard!

It's not really a problem unless you don't like the smell.
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