My Love Hate Relationship With Mint


I have a garden full of gorgeous mint! Peppermint and chocolate mint grow effortlessly along the house, adding a green and aromatic display of freshness. It is so pretty, I really do love it!


Every year, it grows into the grass and we have to mow it down with the lawnmower. It also spreads like a disease and grows threw my deck, gets tangled in my hose and pops up every where you don’t want mint! It is so invasive, I really do hate it!


In the fall when I start cleaning out the gardens, I chop down the mint and let it hang in the mud room. Once dried, it makes the most amazing, natural tea ever! I even have people asking me for it! I can make peppermint and chocolate mint tea! It tastes so good, I really do love it!


Other than tea, there isn’t a whole lot of uses for mint that I have found. There is just to much to use it all making tea, and I hate wasting it. I always feel edible plants should serve their purpose, but what else can you do with mint (other than make a mean mojoto!) It is so much work for so little, I really do hate it!


So you see my problem? Mint and I have a love hate relationship! But I the end, I like it enough to keep it around, but hope to find some new uses for it soon!

Any ideas would be very helpful. Please comment your thoughts and help a girl out 😁

12 thoughts on “My Love Hate Relationship With Mint

  1. How about just growing the amount you want in a pot or container? Then it shouldn’t outgrow its boundaries and you’ll have space to plant something else that’s maybe not so invasive.
    – Christine

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  2. Add a few sprigs of mint to a liter of cold water with some lemon wedges and sliced strawberries, let sit in the fridge for 15+ minutes, and you have fruit infused water!

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  3. Peppermint oil, which you can make yourself, is a great way to keep spiders away. I have a hate-hate relationship with spiders. I even posted about it once. Mint is also great with lamb. You can make jelly. And peppermint in the vegetable garden keeps certain pests away from specific vegetables.

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    1. Peppermint oil is a wonderful idea!! I will have to look into it! Thanks so much!!
      I also have a huge hate hate relationship wit spiders. I have tried using peppermint oil but they come right back 🙁We live by the lake and getting rid of spiders seems almost impossible sometimes!

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      1. Oh, yeah! Water and spiders seem to go hand in hand. I read somewhere, even in a suburban area, you’ve never more than 6 feet away from a spider. Out here in the country I think it’s more like 2 or 3 feet.

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