Posted on 14 May 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

How to Grow Mint & Make Mint Julep

mintBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Mint is a very invasive plant that needs some form of restraint.

What makes it invasive is what also makes it easy to grow.

Mint can be started by seeds, cuttings, simply bending a branch to the ground and rooting, or by roots.

That is why restraining this herb is so important. Restraining can take the form of growing in a container or using landscape edging to surround the plant. But regardless of what type of control you choose one must always contain this herb.

Mint is a very good herb to start out with as a beginner gardener. It grows in all soil types, weather, and moisture level while it does prefer it on the dry side but will grow in moist conditions.

Keep in mind if you are growing mint to cook with you must keep wild garlic away from the area this will contaminate your mint crop and make it useless for culinary purposes. Mint can also be brought indoors and grown on a sunny windowsill for year round enjoyment.

There exist 650 different varieties of mint that provide different flavors such as lemon and chocolate while creating multiple sensory experiences in your garden from visual interest to aroma. Mint can also be used as a companion plant to roses and peppermint can be used to keep rodents away from your home and garden. So today while you are reflecting on mint’s past and present enjoy a mint julep and even though the Derby is over you can still enjoy a mint julep just tell everyone you were out of coffee.

Mint Julep Recipe I

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Good American Bourbon

Combine water and sugar, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint. Put in the refrigerator overnight.

To make a mint julep place crushed ice in cup; add one-tablespoon mint syrup and 2 ounces of a good American Bourbon. Enjoy.

Mint Julep Recipe II

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces of American Bourbon
  • 1-teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish mint sprigs

Place sugar in glass and dissolve with bourbon. Then fill glass with ice and top with sprigs of mint.

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