Monday, April 21, 2014
A good way to get a cheap mint patch going is to root a bunch of $1.99 store-bought mint in water, and then plant it out once the stems have lots of little white roots going. It takes about ten days. I hardened mine off a little before planting outside, by putting the water glass out (in the shade) during the day for about a week.
Keep well watered once planted. Mint can take some shade, which is helpful. Not many herbs like the shadows.
We eat a lot of mint, so I don't think controlling it will be a problem. One of my favourite things to make last year was a pile of mint and watercress leaves dressed with olive oil and a shake of sherry vinegar, then rolled up in a thin layer of fattoush, a flat bread. Add creamy feta for luck.
My pea recipe in 66 Square Feet - A Delicious Life calls for a bunch of mint.
And then there are always the mojitos of summer, and mint-packed gin and tonics...