Monday, January 27, 2014

Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #55

So, with all the talk around here about tomatoes and basil you're probably wondering what's been going on with my mint. The "mint that just will not die"!

I'm pleased to report that it's doing fine...more the fine.

I prune it, it grows back, the caterpillars devour it, I prune off the dead bits and it grows back again...and again...and again. Out of everything that I've grown on my balcony the mint is a keeper, as is my rosemary. If you're having trouble getting your gardening started then mint is the way to go (just make sure you plant it in a pot on its own as it has a massive root system that will strangle everything that it's planted with).

After the last pruning I decided to use some of the mint in a homemade potato salad that we had on Christmas Eve with prawns. Yum!

Happy gardening, Miss Piggy xoxo


  1. liz @ Strayed TableJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Mel, you are not going to believe that I can kill mint. Its one thing that I think needs a special place in the garden. I should try again but keep it in a pot close to the house for optimum shade as well as watering possibilities.

  2. Helen (grabyourfork)January 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ha i love the resilience of mint! The root system is pretty aggressive though, as you say!

  3. Tina@foodboozeshoesJanuary 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    My (three times dead) mint has made a recent comeback too - 1 stalk amongst a pot of lemon verbena. I'm delighted but going to try to keep it alive this time :)

  4. Johanna@Green Gourmet GiraffeJanuary 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Nice idea to use mint in potato salad - mine is also a survivor but I don't use it much
    Johanna @

  5. Yes, mint can turn any brown thumb green! Crazy plant. Lovely to use the fresh leaves in the kitchen though, isn't it. I like your idea of adding it to potato salad.


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