Planting the Mojito Mint

June 20, 2007

Mint is a very invasive plant and, if not given strict orders, will soon get out of control in an open garden. I decided to plant the mint in a 1 gallon pot and then put that into the ground once the cool weather starts.

First, I picked up some Weed Stop Garden Fabric from Canadian Tire. I knew I didn’t need that much so I picked up the smallest package:

I got a 1 gallon pot that I picked up at the last Garden Web plant exchange:

Here’s my slightly-bruised Mojito Mint that really needed to be transplanted:

One bag of organic topsoil which I assumed would be okay for a potted mint:

I cut a strip of the garden fabric, eyeballing it to be able to fit both sides of the pot:

Crammed it into the pot and folded down the edges on the outside of the pot:

And filled it up with the topsoil and dug a hole for the mint:

Stuck the mint in and patted the soil down around the sides:

Then I took a pair of scissors and cut off the excess garden fabric along the sides:

And I was done. It’s now sitting on my deck enjoying the sun in its clearly-defined growing area. Once it starts getting cooler, I will find a nice, protected area to dig the pot into the ground so that it can overwinter and come back next year.

7 Responses to “Planting the Mojito Mint”

  1. I thought I posted a comment – don’t know where it went!! (one of those days already!)

    Great way to contain those plants we don’t want taking over everything. This brought back memories of when I first started gardening and didn’t know to check out what I was planting. I had plants that grew tall, in front of plants that stayed short – plants that took over and choked out others – etc. etc. NOW I know to get ALL this information first. 🙂

  2. Kim Dempsey Says:

    Hi Kathy-

    I am interested in more information about the Mojito Mint. The only place that I have been able to locate it is @ Richters. Do you mind telling me if there is a noticeable difference between Mojito Minto and other mint varieties, for the purpose of Mojito making.


  3. Kathy Says:

    Hi Kim,

    I’ll go home and take a whiff of it tonight, however, I remember it smelling much different than regular mint.

  4. Bethie Says:

    haha, your blog title is amazing!

  5. lisa Says:

    I love the name of your blog! Good luck with keeping the mint contained…I tried this same technique with ribbon grass, and it worked for one season only-then it escaped! Hopefully the mint won’t send out as many “recon” roots as a grass does!

  6. Jameskie Says:

    Hey Kathy. I stopped by Richter’s last Friday and picked up the last Mojito mint in their greenhouse (I assume they have more in their nursery). At $7 for a 2.5″ pot it wasn’t cheap but then again, life is to short to worry about the cost of herbs…especially once I get to use some of it to make a real Mojito. Thanks for the reply on the other thread.


  7. Kathy Says:

    Hi Kim,

    It’s very difficult to explain the smell, there is a hint of mint to it like you’d expect but then there’s a spicy scent that I can’t really describe. Maybe someone with a better nose can help us.

    Hi Jameskie,
    Yes, it is pricey for such a little pot and if it hadn’t been a mint I would have reconsidered. Then I thought, hey, it’s mint, of course it won’t die!

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