Friday, June 7, 2013

A Hint of Mint

Growing bug free vegetables is the challenge of every gardener. No matter which part of the world you may live in, the bugs come seeking to devour your precious plants. Rather than use insecticide, there are many natural methods to repelling these bothersome creatures.

Mint is a common herb but one that can help in this endeavor. It is a hardy plant, and it can grow in almost any environment. It brings a fresh fragrance to your garden, but it also serves as a bug deterrent to ants, flies, fleas and even mice. It doesn't just repel, though. It attracts a gardener's favorite friend: the earthworm.

 To begin planting mint, you can start from a seed or buy a plant. Buying the plant is suggested since mint takes longer than others to sprout and come to maturity. Make sure to plant the mint in a location that will receive the bright morning sun but some shade in the afternoon.

The one downfall to mint are its roots. Although it will not choke your other plants, it can quickly take over a garden. It spreads its roots outward while sprouting new leaves, and it can soon become a pesky weed rather than a simple bug deterrent plant. To keep it in check, many have suggested the use of mulch around the plant as well as constant thinning.

As it matures, the mint will continue to grow steadily, and its leaves can be used for many things inside the kitchen. One of my favorite things to do with mint is add it to my black tea. This gives it a lovely, subtle hint of flavor.

Mint is a perfect plant to add to your garden bed for this growing season. Enjoy gardening! :)

-----Amanda from D n' A Riser


Kathi said...

I love my mint! Smells nice, helps with bugs and tastes great in iced tea :D

HilltopTimes said...

Minty wonderful! So informative. Gardens are a fabulous thing... great post. Thank you so much

Rambling Vintage Gypsy said...

What great information!

Jen said...

I too love the smell, didn't know it repels bugs AND attracts earthworms though! Win-win! Thanks for another great post.

Story Tellers Vintage said...

Speaking of mint...I just brewed my mint iced tea!

Boil 8 cups of water. Add 10-15 dried spearmint and peppermint leaves to a heat proof glass bowl or pitcher. (I also add a few dried borage flowers...the possibilities are endless). When the water is boiling pour over the dried herbs. Cover and let sit on the counter for 24 hours. Then I place it in the fridge and serve individual glasses with ice and sometimes chopped fresh fruit.

Super simple and delicious!

Niftic Vintage said...

I Love mint Tea! Wonderful post!

shaun mohr said...

I love mint and was sad to leave the mint when we moved! When I stated looking around the new yard, there is tons and tons of mint, about 5 different types! The things you can do with mint are endless! said...

Just the hint I needed to finally get some growing! Thanks :)

Teresa @ good-grace said...

oooh! Who knew! Great tip... will need to add mint to the garden!

{tweeting and pinning as well...}

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