New Attempt at Growing and Containing Mint

I’ve had 2 previous attempts at growing mint.

My first attempt (which I mention in “Mint – the weed that just keeps going“, I planted it in my herb garden, and very soon discovered that it was a VERY bad idea. So I had to rip it up.

For my second attempt, I planted it in small pots, which you can see here: Planting Mint where you want it.

Planting the mint in pots was definitely a better idea, but the pots were a bit too small. A visitor (June Tate) left this comment:

I’ve tried planting mint in pots, and it gets horribly rootbound–all roots, no dirt. The mint was a gift from a friend, and I’ve passed it on to many people. Maybe I just need a BIG pot to plant it in?

So, I’ve decided to try out the “planting mint in a BIG pot” method.

I’m going to keep this site updated with my progress on growing and maintaining the mint plants. Especially since I saw a show on BBC Food about growing herbs, and they mentioned that mint needs to be cut back every now and again because it gets straggly.

But, to start things off, here are a couple of photos of what the mint looks like now. It will be interesting to see how bushy these plants get, as they look kind of lame, so small in such a big pot.

You can click on an image to view the larger version…

5 Replies to “New Attempt at Growing and Containing Mint”

  1. Just a short note. Nothing as yet but needed to see what was on, about Mint. I have started growing from Seed, and at present seedling are aprox .05cm high. I think with what I read, I’ll plant out into large containers too. Will endevour to take some pics and post as I go along.

  2. I will do, as I am on a few, growing Chives (Both plain & Garlic) Basil, Rocket Lettuce,have lots and lots of Ox heart Tomatoes seedlings ( Any Buyers – lLoL.
    Plus just up some sweetie – Cocktail Toms.Have in ground some Spring Onions and going to plant out Normal Lettuce. Have Parsley up as well.
    Till next time and an update.. Cheers.

  3. I hope you’ll take “before and after” photos and maybe you’ll be kind enough to write up a few “lessons learned” articles for each of these. I’m really curious about the lettuce.

    Just 2 “warnings”: Rocket and Parsley are HECTIC growers, verging on weeds as well. I really don’t like Rocket, but parsley’s good, so the more of that the merrier… 🙂

  4. Good morning James.
    Oneth of all, I need to know ,How to upload pics to the site.Have just taken some B4 pics to add to the site.

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