by Texas Homesteader ~
Are you concerned about keeping mint plants contained in landscaping? Come see how we’re enjoying fresh mint without worrying about it going wild in the landscaped area.
I love mint but although others have always warned me that it was invasive, I’ve never been able to get it to grow. I’ve planted various kinds of mint over the years but none of them last over a few months.
Growing Mint In Tough Growing Conditions
Then my aunt shared some mint plants with me. I carefully planted them in an area of our landscaping that was notoriously hard to get anything to grow due to the fact that it faced west.
The brutal Texas heat makes all but the scrappiest of plants succumb in this location. But c’mon, its mint plants – surely they will grow!
So I planted them and watched as they grew beautifully.
I loved the vibrant green growth even during the brutal heat of our typical Texas summer. And it flowered all season long!
After it was established I never watered or fussed with it at all, yet it grew.
How To Use Fresh Mint
I love the cooling sensation of fresh mint. My favorite ways to use fresh mint:
Healthier Mint chocolate chip ice cream using frozen bananas.
Cool refreshing Sugar-Free Mint Beverage.
Mint Is Invasive – Growers Beware!
But I was also nervous… Although I’d planted mint several times before only to have it die, this mint was scrappy indeed!
Although I loved it I’d heard horror stories about mint gone wild in flower beds.
So I put out an earnest plea to our TxH Facebook followers asking for advice.
Suggestions to Keep Mint Plants Contained
- Elle Mental said: Good luck with that… about the only way I know how to keep mint contained is in a hanging basket, hung 6 feet off the ground. We have a mint bed, it started out as a herb bed, but we all know what happened to the rest of the herbs… now that it has escaped the confines of the bed and is in the grass we just keep it mowed with the rest of the grass. That seems to keep it from spreading with as much enthusiasm
- Kathryn said: If you want to keep mints in their flower beds, you need a garden fence with deep runners around them. Dig a trench around the mint and either (1) fill with cement or (2) fill with bricks/gravel and line with plastic garden liner. I cannot say how deep, because i don’t know what mint you have got there. They send out underground runners, so even this is no guarantee.
- Jerry said: Are we talking mint here? NO WAY!!!…Roundup is the only deterrent and it doesn’t always work. Might try gasoline and a match!!! Around here it’s more robust than crabgrass…
How To Confine Growing Invasive Mint
OK, consider me officially nervous. I love my mint but I must make it play nice! The work I do now will be important later.
We decided to buy a 36-inch galvanized fire ring that was 18 inches deep, we buried all but about 3 inches of its depth.
Then we poured several bags of gravel along the bottom and sides. And I added back in the crappy clay soil we had previously dug out.
I’ve heard that if you give overly robust plants less desirable soil they’ll still grow of course but reduce the vigor. So I didn’t amend the soil at all.
Then I replanted a few of the mint sprigs and waited…
Adding Mulch To Garden Planting
I left the area around the ring bare for a while so I could see and remove any mint sprigs that attempted to come back from missed roots.
Then I topped the surrounding soil with the heavy paper from a few empty cattle feed sacks and finally topped that paper with bark mulch I got for FREE from our county.
Soon the mint plants filled in completely within this ring. I think it adds visual interest to the bed.
The mint obviously grows effortlessly, blooms prolifically for the pollinators and looks just lovely.
And now it’s properly contained too!
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Planting Seeds In A Milk-Jug Greenhouse
- Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- Easy Homemade Seed Tape
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Where I Found The BEST Raised Bed!
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Rustic Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
- The Lazy Gardener’s Plant List – Plant Once, Eat For Years!
- How To Tell When Watermelon Is Ripe
- Luffa A Surprising Zucchini Substitute!
- Keeping Potted Plants Watered
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
- 3 Rainwater Collection Systems We Use
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Using Vining Plants For Living Mulch
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
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