During my garden tidy yesterday, I moved the potted mints and couldn’t resist brushing my hands over the leaves. Even at this time of year they have a fragrance, although they are dying back now, preparing to go into winter dormancy. I have 2 main varieties-an apple mint, and a fabulously aromatic eau de Cologne mint. The apple mint seeds reasonably freely and I pulled several pieces out of the vegetable garden where they had already established a good root system. I like to keep them under control, as mint is a very vigorous plant. I also find that if they are kept in a pot, they use up the nutrients in the soil fairly quickly and then look at you sulkily until you just have to repot them! Mine rewarded me with a very long season of leaves this year because I did repot them.
The main reason for posting the mint picture was because this afternoon I managed to get up to the allotment and amongst other things, I prepared a shallow trench and sowed peas. I chose a dwarf, winter hardy variety-Meteor. The packet promise me peas in May. The mint will be ready by then. Mmmmmm……buttered peas cooked with a sprig of mint.