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My mint plant has taken over a corner of my garden, so I went searching for recipes to use it up faster. Here's a soothing drink that I am really enjoying. I drink it hot, but it may be just as good
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Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 5/29/2013 11:55 PM EDT
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My mint plant has taken over a corner of my garden, so I went searching for recipes to use it up faster. Here's a soothing drink that I am really enjoying. I drink it hot, but it may be just as good poured over ice.

Hot Mint and Lemon Drink
= rind from 1 lemon
= 1/4 c. mint leaves (I used a little less, and it's okay if some of the stem is included)
= 4 c. boiling water
Remove rind with peeler, making sure not to get that white pithy part. Save lemon to use in something else.

Place rind, leaves, and boiling water in container; cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain, discarding rind and mint; enjoy.


Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 5/30/2013 12:42 AM EDT
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There are over 600 varieties of mint. Mint grown at home can be used to flavor oils and vinegars; crushed and scattered about the cupboards, mint supposedly helps repel invading mice and other household pests. In the garden, mint is said to reduce aphid populations when an infestation on roses or other affected plants is sprayed with mint-infused water. When crushed and mixed with a cosmetic oil, mint may help relieve migraine headaches as well as facial or other muscular tension.

Read more: Facts About Mint Leaves | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/113681-mint-leaves.html#ixzz2UkQaKTIh

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 5/30/2013 8:29 AM EDT
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Thanks, Verlee .......... a local grocery sells mint in small plastic containers but it does not look really fresh.

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 5/30/2013 9:38 AM EDT
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If you plant mint it is best if you plant it in a container.  Make the container deep enough so that the roots will not be able to grow under it.  Plant the container with the mint so the container is a bit above the ground.  This will prevent the roots or runners from growing over the edge of the container.  Mint can be very   invasive. Sounds strange but if you have an old tire dig the tire into the ground or just fill the tire with soil and plant the mint in the tire. 
Chocolate mint is very tempting, smells just like mint chocolate. But I just do not use mint enough to plant it. 

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/8/2013 9:31 AM EDT
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In Response to Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?:
My mint plant has taken over a corner of my garden, so I went searching for recipes to use it up faster. Here's a soothing drink that I am really enjoying. I drink it hot, but it may be just as good poured over ice. Hot Mint and Lemon Drink = rind from 1 lemon = 1/4 c. mint leaves (I used a little less, and it's okay if some of the stem is included) = 4 c. boiling water Remove rind with peeler, making sure not to get that white pithy part. Save lemon to use in something else. Place rind, leaves, and boiling water in container; cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain, discarding rind and mint; enjoy.
Posted by Verlee T


Thank you for this recipe,I have a lot of mint also.This sounds very refreshing.

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/8/2013 1:22 PM EDT
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We keep our mint in a large pot on our deck. I use it for all sorts of things....mostly desserts. My cleaning lady likes to snip off a sprig and chew on it. She is adorable!

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/8/2013 10:04 PM EDT
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Years ago my husband planted mint next to the house since he wanted to make Mint Julep.  Well, he tried that once and gave up on it.  At that point the mint was taking over so I dug it all out.  Now, however, we have mint all over the one section of our garden and in a former flower bed. 

I have no idea where it came from since I never planted any back there and of course it just keeps expanding.  When I get around to it I will have to dig it all out, again.

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/9/2013 2:38 AM EDT
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If you have a grill use mint while grilling

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/9/2013 6:55 AM EDT
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love mint but not growing it where do you buy it

Re: Don't know what to do with all that mint growing in your garden?

posted at 7/9/2013 8:41 AM EDT
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It is best to contain mint  - use a container.

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