Make a Minty Garden
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Mint grows like crazy in most garden conditions. And that's the problem–it grows like crazy. Unless your goal is to replace your entire garden with mint, you need to take precautions by containing the roots. Do this by planting in containers. If you want to plant the continer in the garden so it blends in with the bed, then do so. Simply place the pot (one that's at least 5 inches deep) into a hole but leave the rim above ground so the plant's runners don't try to sneak over their barrier and run amok in your garden.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
To keep mint looking and tasting prime all sesason, harvest the stem tips before it flowers. When you see a flower starting to form, nip it in the bud.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
Give mint a little love, in the form of water and nutritional supplements. Mint does not like to dry out, nor does it like scalding hot sun. Moist soil and protection from the late afternoon sun will keep your mint plants happy for many years.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
Introduce Kids to Herbs
The best way to introduce kids to use herbs: homemade ice cream!
Children respond well to the familiar taste and fresh, perky scent of mint. Even picky eaters may enjoy the herb and willingly harvest leaves for fruit salads, lemonade, and most importantly, ice cream. Fortunately, mint is very easy to grow and spreads quickly to create an almost endless supply.
Mints now come in apple, pineapple, orange, spearmint, and one that smells exactly like a mojito. Corsican mint is a low-growing creeping mint with tiny leaves that packs a strong mint scent.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
Mint Ice Cream
If mint entices kids to notice fresh herbs or gardening, than ice cream is ideal for introducing them to using herbs in the kitchen. Here's a great recipe for turning freshly plucked mint into a creamy snack.
- 6-8 cups of fresh mint leaves, rinsed and air-dried
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
Place mint leaves in a small stockpot. Mix the half-and-half, whipping cream, sugar and salt and pour over the mint. Cook over medium heat to bring to a bare simmer, stirring frequently and pressing the leaves into the cream. Do not let the mixture boil. After the leaves wilt, in about 10 to 15 minutes, cover the stockpot and turn off the heat. Let sit until the mixture has cooled to room temperature. Stir in vanilla. Pour through a mesh strainer into a container, pressing down on the leaves to extract as much liquid as possible. Chill for 8 hours or more, and then process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
The Many Varieties of Mint
New types of mint plants include flavors that are fruity, chocolaty, or suited for cocktails. Invite youngsters to sample several mints and see if they can discern the subtle differences.
Julep: This cooling spearmint is ideal for mint juleps.
Apple: Fruity and aromatic, add this mint to salads or tea.
Pinneapple: Variegated leaves help this sweet-taking herb stand out.
Chocolate: A slight coca undertone makes this mint good in desserts.
Spearmint: Invigorating and fresh describe the bright scent from this mint.
Mojito: This mint smells exactlly like the lime-and-rum Cuban drink.
Orange: The citrusy flavor works well in ice teas and drinks.Date Published: April 17, 2018Date Updated: April 18, 2018
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