Peppermint

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Gyro Gearloose, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    I'm a coffee drinker, but on hikes I like to pick some peppermint and chew on it or brew a tea. So as my second experiment in gardening this year I bought some peppermint seeds. Peppermint needs light to germinate (I think). So I just strew them on a bed of potting soil.

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  2. jimandjan

    jimandjan Member

    I set out the started plants, and had good luck. We liked it in tea. Just one thing bad, it spreads like crazy, so be sure you contain it. We put it in raised bed.
     
  3. ginalee14

    ginalee14 eternity

    I sometimes smoke peppermint mixed with mullein. It's a good mix.
     
  4. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    this morning I saw the first leaves ;).

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  5. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    peppermint? Mullein? You are from Bavaria, aren't you :mickey:?

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  6. ginalee14

    ginalee14 eternity

    Nope, New England.
     
  7. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    ha, that's near Bavaria. More or less.

    Oops, I just recognised this isn't RT ;).

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  8. ginalee14

    ginalee14 eternity

    Not quite, lol

    Enjoy your peppermint, it's great stuff.
     
  9. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    hopefully they will survive until it's harvesting time ;).

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  10. jords

    jords Member

    Peppermint is my absolute favourite! I have it before job interviews, sleeping, chilling etc it's so good for making you feel soothed.


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  11. Tashi Delek

    Tashi Delek Member

    You know what else is good to brew in tea? Lemon balm. It's as easy to grow as peppermint, but it's also spreads like crazy as well!
     
  12. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    if it spreads like crazy I should give it a try. Most green stuff I have dies like crazy ;).

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  13. homeschoolmama

    homeschoolmama Senior Member

    I grown both lemonbalm AND "chocolate" peppermint! Just harvested my first jar full of lemonbalm to decoct into a tincture, and am ready to harvest my mint within the next few days!

    Both of these plants grow like weeds... prolifically, and invasively. I highly recommend containers for both unless you don't mind it taking over your entire yard!
     
  14. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    that's what I have so far:

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    Regards
    Gyro
     
  15. homeschoolmama

    homeschoolmama Senior Member

    Woohoo! Looking just a bit "leggy" at the top already. You could trim it down about halfway & it'd spring back VERY fast!

    Way to go! I LOVE my mint! We had our first mint "milk"shakes for dinner last night too.
     
  16. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    I ripped off a few leaves to chew on ;), that adds to the leggy look I guess. Anyways, I'll follow your advice and give it a 'hair cut'.

    Regards
    Gyro
     
  17. Helga85

    Helga85 Member

    The seeds of peppermint difficultly germinate. I suggest you to buy a vase with some mint already planted.
    Peppermint grows fast and easily, as long as you water it very frequently
     
  18. Gyro Gearloose

    Gyro Gearloose Senior Member

    Hello,

    hm, I don't know, maybe I've just been lucky. I dispersed a pinch of seeds on the soil. That resulted in a quite dense 'carpet' of plants. I removed the picture some time ago. If there's interest I can re-upload it.


    Yepp, that's true. As homeschoolmama said, my plants had been grown quite large before I cut them the first time. They grew back in no time ;). I let the batch from 2014 die this sommer. Somewhere I still have seeds, maybe I start another batch this week ;).

    Regards
    Gyro
     

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