Friday, November 07, 2014

Circles



So many years ago...the shop is closed now I guess...but I used to buy herb plants and bring them home. They have been moved so many times to so many different gardens over the years, perhaps the best traveled mint in town. There used to be many more kinds, but alas, they have perished from winters and oats and such.

I lost the Apple Mint last winter, so cold, so cold....and the Thyme, but that is always chancy.



When it was decided to drop the big Honey Locust...which hasn't happened yet...I moved the tiny remaining Orange Mint plant and a Chocolate Mint Liz bought last year to new beds near the house.


They liked their new beds and have flourished. And in the interests of potential income next spring I have been cutting and rooting and potting. They take to it like bunnies, multiplying happily on windowsills and upstairs in the big windows there.

I have discovered that the plastic tool trays out of old tool boxes from garage sales are perfect for small plant pots. Nice handles, and you can fill them with water and keep thirsty plants comfy. Quite a few plants fit in each.

Today I picked a bunch more of all three mints...I have a tiny Peppermint too...and put more to root, and more in pots, and more upstairs. To root them in water, one must strip off the lower leaves. These get washed and dried on a paper plate for cooking later...or at least the Orange Mint does...great seasoning for meats and sauces.





 I ordered a package of Apple Mint seeds on Amazon today, with rewards I get for taking surveys....feels like a circle to me.

6 comments:

ellie k said...

I had to bring my parsley inside since the neighbors rabbits love parsley. I have a beautiful rosemary plant. I want to start a new one . Will it start from a cutting? If not I will watch Home Depot when they have a two dollar sale and buy another, this one is pretty but getting woody and rabbits don't like rosemary I guess.

threecollie said...

Ellie, I brought my parsley indoors too, just to be able to use it through the cold months. It isn't doing great though. I may dump it because I need small pots for the mint. Rosemary grows pretty easily from seed if you want to go that route. I have a pretty good sized one I started two years ago.

Cathy said...

Love your photos. Milkweed silk . . magic. And may your little plants thrive.

threecollie said...

Cathy, thanks, I have always enjoyed it, since I first saw milkweed when I was 7 or 8 and we moved to the country from town.

Ruth said...

Maybe I'll send you a cutting of the mint I have growing wild in the front ditch. Its got a vaguely citrucy scent to it, but my mom was thinking it might be Apple mint, but I've never had any mints other than the usual spearmint and peppermint (and horehound) to compare to....

threecollie said...

Ruth, that would be wonderful. Perhaps you would like some orange or chocolate mint in exchange.