Quits On The Spearmint

Shortly before going to Atlanta, my spearmint was dying in the center of the pot.  I found it odd that the heat would affect it like that, as in past summers the heat never fazed it.  While I was gone, my favorite boy toy moved the herbs to stain the deck and discovered that the planter was loaded with ants.  By the time, I got back, it looked like the picture below.

I’ve decided to call it quits on the spearmint for this year.  I’d cut back the peppermint severely twice as it never grew back in very well from last year.  It’s now growing gangbusters and I have plenty to give away as well as take to work.  I like the spearmint better, but I don’t really need both for the rest of this season.

It’s been disappointing.  The tomatoes are producing, but not well.  The ends are either rotted or something(s) is eating them – we think both the birds and the squirrels.  It’s too high for the miniature pinscher who got caught last year helping himself to the ripe tomatoes.  The peppers gave one burst of fruits and no more, although there are more blossoms.  The chard is full of holes.  Now the spearmint is dead.

I like the idea of a garden for self-sufficiency as well as knowing that I’m not using much chemicals.  But I’m not sure it’s worth the work and effort.  It’s certainly not producing enough to feed us for the summer, let alone a whole year.

Here are pictures of the mint from June and from last week.

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Word for tomorrow – BEFORE.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.

11 thoughts on “Quits On The Spearmint

  1. Pingback: Insects in the Garden « my life in photos

    • Thanks for the note.  It was even more lush in July, but I’d just cut it and figured I’d take a picture later when it grew back.  Which of course, it won’t do now. 

  2. Sorry about the mint. Sometimes stuff happens. The potted plants add warmth to a deck, though. And growing mint in them is genius. You can’t grow mint in an unenclosed garden or you will have nothing but mint.

    I may try it in some pots on my deck next year. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • You’re welcome!  The pots work really good.  You are correct though – don’t let the mint out anywhere by the ground.  It will hop any barricade, go over any pot, and infest the lawn. 

    • Thanks for coming by to visit! Some days trying to fit my blog entry around a word really frustrates me, but I find every day that it helps me stretch creatively. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well I’ve been able to come up with the posts and (generally) keep them interesting.

  3. Sorry about your spearmint. Figures that if it is your favorite it is the mint that gives out.

    My garden is not great this year either. We are lucky we do not have to depend on our summer garden providing for us entirely all year long.

    • I sure wasn’t too happy about losing the mint.  This was my third year with it.    I don’t think anyone’s garden did very well.  And now it seems that fall is coming early too.  The Canadian geese are already leaving. 

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