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Old 08-25-2005, 08:35 AM   #11
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There are so many different mints...check this site for excellent seeds and plants:


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Old 08-25-2005, 08:37 AM   #12
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Oh yes as MrsMac hinted at, mint is a weed. It is an absolute voracious grower. At my home (not college) my Mum has given it its own garden bed, it just completely dominates the plants around it.

Despite that it is still popping up in the grass around the flower bed. Also I have found that mint does not like to be root bound. When I have grown it in a pot, while it grows out quite thick and there are many leaves and growths they don't get particularly big. Grow it in the ground and watch the leaves grow so much larger.

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Old 08-25-2005, 02:42 PM   #13
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Since you know what the mint looks like, why not take a trip to a local nursery? Mint should be easy to find. Try pinching off a leaf and tasting it.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:16 AM   #14
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Oh, dear. Make sure you plant your mint(s) near a source of water, and in a place that is contained, or it will take over you house, your life, and your yard. I have two kinds that I planted near a downspout. You'll find that in cooking you simply have to live with different products. I actually started with four kinds of mint, and am down to three. Two are the very invasive kind, and have to live near the roof downspout. I know one is spearmint, the other I think is peppermint (ruffly edges?). I had pennyroyal there as well, because it has insect repellent properties. But then I learned it was an abortion agent, and rooted it out and killed it off. Don't want to accidently hurt anyone! I have lemon balm as well. I use all of these in my southeast asian cooking.
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Old 08-29-2005, 05:19 PM   #15
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Mentha spicata = spearmint. Ruffly leaves, sweeter taste than

Mentha piperita = peppermint. Darker, smoother leaves with a bite that's missing from spearmint.

Grow it as the others have said, adequate water and rich soil. Be aware that it will tend to burn out (a rust, I think) later in the season, so either start new runners midseason or harvest early and often. You can avoid this for the next season somewhat if you burn off the patch in the fall.
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Old 08-29-2005, 11:26 PM   #16
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I have at least 5 different kinds of mint growing here and I live in Portland Oregon. It grows like crazy - pm me if you want to come and dig some up!

I have peppermint, spearming, chocolate mint, pineapple mint and others.


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