Too Much Mint

 Spearmint garnish to make cold water even more refreshing at Bluebird Gardens.

Spearmint garnish to make cold water even more refreshing at Bluebird Gardens.

"...my mint has taken over my garden. What on earth do I do with it all?" -- Ellen

Charlotte: Lucky you, I can't imagine summers without fresh mint from my garden.

Mint, like many herbs, can easily take over if it's not somehow contained. My problem is that I love to brush against it when I walk through my garden paths. As a consequence, I turn a blind eye to herbs that start encroaching on other plants, even though I know I should be more of a disciplinarian.

One thing that helps is waiting for a day after a good rain and pulling out the extra herbs you don't want. Don't worry, you won't get all of the roots but the pruning process will slow down their creeping progress.

Don't toss those volunteers, you can cut off the tops and use them in salads, in water or drinks that need a little umph, as a garnish on deserts and ice creams.

If you keep the cut mint in a flower vase in refrigerator, it will last for a couple of weeks.