Wednesday, November 9, 2011
There's nothing like having fresh mint on hand to add a little life to boiled potatoes, freshness to salads and colour to desserts. It's one of my favourite herbs and one I would hate to do without. You can grow it from seed, from little seedlings or from cuttings as I like to do. My only word of caution is that mint has a tendency to take over your whole garden, so plant it in it's own little garden bed or confine it to a large pot! You'll thank me for that one, seriously.
It's very easy to grow mint from cuttings and if you happen to have a friend or family member with a thriving mint plant, you can just pick a few stems to start yourself off. Or when you buy your next bunch of mint from the vege store, reserve a few stems to sprout and use.
All you need to do is choose a couple of healthy stems, cut the ends off cleanly to make sure water can be absorbed easily. Place the stem/s into a glass jar filled with water and place in a sunny spot, either on your windowsill or out in the full sun in your garden. Leave for 6-14 days, making sure the water is topped up as needed until you start to see little roots shoot out the bottom of the stem. In warm weather this can take a matter of days, or in cooler weather it may take up to 2 weeks.
Plant out into a large pot filled with good quality potting mix or into a (contained) garden bed. Water regularly and pick the tips often to encourage new growth.
I'll be back in a few days with a scrummy chocolate cookie recipe xx
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