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Mint, new pots and lamb, - spring must be in the air
Member Name: dove3066
Advantages: very hardy plant
Disadvantages: Can be a 'little' invasive
Mint is a brilliant plant to have in the garden. However it must be treated with a bit of consideration.
The mint plant is very hardy - and you will struggle to get rid of it once it is planted - so don't plant it somewhere that you may want to plant soemthing else there in a few years time. Secondly the mint plant is very keen on spreading itself wherever it can so its roots are very long and can travel over huge distances in the garden. To counter act both of these issues - but predominately the latter put the mint plant in a bucket when you plant it - and old one will do fine but not one that has lots of holes in it for the roots to creep out.
Make sure you leave the lip of the bucket slightly above the top level of the soil so that you know where it is and also so that it can't spread too easily over the surface of the soil.
There are lots of reviews on the site with things to do with mint - I thought I'd just pass on my tips for keeping it under control, but my favourite use of mint is still the most basic - I don't think you can beat mint sauce, new potatoes and roast lamb (unless you're my husband who hates vinegar) - does anyone out there have a recipe for mint sauce that doesn't use vinegar and still tastes great???
Summary: A great herb to have in the garden - but needs to be kept under control