Spring Garden: The Mint is Back!

A few years ago we helped weed an entire bed of mint out of a family member's garden. Mint is a sneaky plant; it takes over as soon as your back is turned. Look at this same bed now, full of nice shrubs and plants getting ready to flower, and... mint! It popped back up!

Elizabeth's post below about using mint in summer rolls reminded us of this very persistent mint plant. More photos of the runaway mint, below...

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We're a little bemused by this, but we're getting ready to visit and dig out a few plants to put in a big pot. We do love mint, and as we told reader Jen in the answer to her question about growing mint, it's not that hard to grow it in a pot. In fact, it's preferable.

Here's one more little runaway plant - we're digging out the roots this time! We love this variety - it's very soft, with huge sweet leaves, but it is a pest if it goes unchecked.

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More Mint
Grilled Mint Chicken
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

(Images: Faith Hopler)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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