PLANT MINT & TRIM STRAG­GLY GROWTH

Matamata Chronicle - - Gar­den­ing -

Dur­ing the win­ter months, mint can get rather un­tidy – or dies down com­pletely – so be­fore it bursts back into full spring growth give plants a good trim. You can chop them right back to ground level if you wish. Def­i­nitely do this if there’s any sign of rust – those or­ange-coloured spots on the leaves. Mint has a very strong root sys­tem and will bounce back quickly once the tem­per­a­tures rise, so you needn’t fear be­ing with­out a crop for too long. You could al­ways pop in a cou­ple of new plants while you’re at it (you can never have too much). I’ve just planted some in a big pot – where its wan­der­ing ways will be con­tained.

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