One of my favorite herbs to grow in our garden is mint. But if you’re not careful, mint can slowly take over your entire garden. Here are 5 easy tips for growing mint in your garden without it spreading and taking over the entire garden! It is possible…trust me!
Do you love fresh mint in your iced tea? We do. And on top of fresh fruit or summer desserts. Mint is a wonderful herb to use in many different recipes to enhance the flavor and it’s also pretty easy to grow mint in your garden.
Actually it’s VERY easy to grow mint in your garden. This week I’m sharing five tips on growing mint in your garden, but more importantly, how to not let mint take over your entire garden like it did our garden a few years ago.
Growing Mint in your Garden
Mint comes in many different varieties and is very easy to grow. Your mint plant can last for many years if cared for properly. Mint enjoys soil that is well drained and nutrient rich. It can grow in full sun as well as in part sun. You will find mint to be a very hardy plant to grow.
However, the plant is very invasive and will compete with surrounding plants if allowed to grow without restriction. The roots are called “runner” and grow very quickly. They sprout new leaves and new plants as they go and will take over a flower bed or a vegetable garden in no time if you’re not careful.
The best way to grow mint is to contain it. That could be in a planter on your back porch or a planter in your vegetable garden. By restricting the growth of the plant’s roots, you also restrict the mint from spreading or really over-taking your garden if you’re not careful.
Five Tips on How to Grow Mint without Spreading Everywhere
The first summer we planted mint in our garden it slowly started growing everywhere. It was in our lettuce and then in our green beans. Even though we tried our best to cut it back, it kept growing and spreading.
Here are the Five Easy Steps we did that help us grow mint without it taking over our entire vegetable garden:
- We dug up the original plant from the vegetable garden. Yes, we had to get rid of most of the original plant, but it was worth it!
- Plant the mint in a 5 gallon bucket.
- Make sure the bucket does NOT have any cracks! If it does, the mint will grow through the cracks and work its way back up to the surface of your garden and start spreading all over again.
- Dig a hole deep enough to fit the entire bucket.
- Place the bucket in the hole and then cover with dirt leave the top of the bucket exposed.
How to Make the Planter Pretty
- I know it’s not exactly pretty, but you get the idea. We live out in the country, well the country for this Queen’s girl, and our garden is pretty rustic.
- Put some stones around the bucket so you can’t see the bucket.
- Once the other vegetables grow in in front of the mint you’ll never know the mint is planted in a bucket in the ground.
- And the best part, the mint stays contained in the bucket and still grows beautifully.
How to Water Mint
Water the mint frequently the first year. Keep the soil damp but don’t soak it. If your mint is in the direct sun, you’ll want to water it more directly. Try to harvest the mint before the flowers appear. That’s what everyone says, be we enjoy our mint all summer long. We just pick around the flowers.
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