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Essex Girl

Mint

I wish I could grow mint! I've tried all sorts, both in the garden and in pots but something eats it. The mint in my mother's garden - and she only lives down the road - really flourishes and in the past I've dug up big clumps to transfer into my garden but still no luck!!! Has anyone got any ideas about what to do, please?

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Janice

Growing mint

I empathise with you EG, having had the same problem, until I relocated the plant to another side of the house. I was getting very annoyed when I found that just my mint and basil plants, which had been thriving, were being eaten by I believe, slugs. I tried dusting with an eco-friendly, but slug unfriendly powder and also tried salt around the plant, but neither helped. Having noticed that plants on the other side of the house were thriving, I moved my mint and basil and now both are looking healthy again. The side they are on now has little tree cover, whereas the other side of the house, though getting sufficient sun, has a lot of large trees, which I think may be significant. So, perhaps try relocating them and see if that helps.

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Essex Girl

Janice....

I'm going to dig a clump of mint up from my mother's garden, where it thrives, and plant it in the front of our house. Thank you!

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Janice

Growing mint

Good luck Essex Girl - I hope that is the answer. Mine has taken off like wildfire, enough to enable me to make fresh mint sauce with the huge leaves it is now producing to go with the leg of lamb on Sunday! I'll be interested to know if that works for yours.

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Dottie May

Growing Mint

Essex Girl did you have any luck with your latest batch of Mint? Around the same time you posted I was given two small plants by a neighbour and I popped them into a pot filled with compost. They later appeared to die off but yesterday I could see some fresh growth so fingers crossed!!

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Saffy

Mint Essex Girl

I had a lump of mint that I took from the garden at work. It did fabulously when we lived in Kenley, but when we moved I got hardly enough for a jug of Pimms. Previously I had so much I used to make jars of mint sauce. I picked up a small plant from a car boot sale for 50p, stuck it in the same pot and now both Mints are doing fabulously. I always used to have trouble with Basil; if I had one plant it would die fairly quickly, but with two plants on the go they do brilliantly.

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Essex Girl

Mint Update

Janice and Dottie - the mint I put in the front didn't do much but my two original plants at the back have remained slug-free since my last post and are flourishing. Might be something to do with the hot weather. Saffy - sounds as if they enjoy a bit of competition, will have to try that one. In fact my friend bought a load of different herbs at a boot side a couple of weeks' ago and planted them all together in a trough. They're doing very well so think I'll do the same. I bought some tarragon from a boot sale last year which I kept in a pot and have had lots of fresh growth this year.

 
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