Posts Tagged ‘mint roots’

After years of squirrels digging up freshly planted pots in my back garden and then chomping away at newly emerging flower heads for afters, I have built some mini cages to neatly fit on some old wine boxes so that I can still grow my favourite salad leaves by the kitchen door. Once the lettuces etc. are of a decent size and can look after themselves, I can remove the cage. Simple to make. All you need is some chicken wire, nails and a 8 small pieces of thin wood (these were reclaimed from a nearby skip). First, cut and then nail the base pieces of wood together to fit around the wooden box, then nail on the 4 upright pieces of wood to the base. Shape and position the wire around the wooden framework and then nail the wire onto the base. Mine’s getting a bit rickety, but still really does the job.

And while I’m blogging, here’s a quick update on the mint I re-potted about 9 weeks ago in March.

Looking very happy and ready to be used in the kitchen too. Spring is a good time to re-pot mint as new growth is so vigorous, but if your mint is pot bound, re-pot anytime throughout spring and summer and even into early October if it is still mild-ish.

And finally, a quick mention for Andrew Babicz’s blog. Every week I receive a ‘What to do in the garden’ list from Andrew. Really comprehensive for both flowers and veg-I find it a timely reminder of when to sow seeds, when to cut back , when to plant out, when to prune and what pests and diseases to look out for. Thanks Andrew!

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Mint left to grow in your garden will run amok, crowding out most plants in its wake, taking over whole areas in your garden. That’s why it’s always a good idea to grow mint in a pot. However, as mint is such a fast mover, it outgrows its pot very easily and can quickly become pot-bound and die. I re-pot my mint every year and this also gives me the opportunity to pot up cuttings for friends and family too.

When you take the plant out of the container, you can see all the new roots are jammed against the outside of the pot. All these roots can be used for re-potting though.

I like to use the younger roots to re-pot with as this rejuvenates the plant, but mint is such a vigorous plant, any piece of root that is re-potted will soon re-grow.

Take about 4 to 5 lengths or pieces of root and re-pot to the same depth that they were in before. Place the cuttings in the middle of the pot which will give them space to move outwards again. Water the container and in a matter of weeks, your mint will be growing better than ever.

Don’t forget friends and family and pot up some spare plants to pass on and share too.

Now is a good time to re-pot mint as in spring, growth is so vigorous, but you can re-pot mint all through spring and summer, and if it’s still mild-ish in early October, that should be fine too, but just remember new growth will be much slower in early autumn. If you want to buy more different varieties of mint, have a look at Herbal Haven for some very tempting and more unusual varieties.

p.s. Click here for May update on Mint progress.

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