Gang aft a-gley
This is a section of the poem To a Mouse, written by Robert Burns in 1786. A modern translation of that second line would be something along the lines of, "Can often fall apart in a rather nasty and unwanted, horrible way that leaves you crying pitiably while cursing everything in a five mile radius."
Ok, maybe not.
It just means,
"Can often go awry."
But you get the point...
One of my well laid plans came back to bite me in the butt. Remember my maniacal planting of various mint varieties?
The plan was to plant enough that I could have fresh mint for my juices every day without having to purchase any at the grocery stores, where it's rather expensive. This was a good plan, and it worked wonderfully.
I figured 4 plants would be perfect. I didn't, after all, want the mint invading the yard and taking over. Ok, that's not true. I did want that, but I knew the owners of the house I'm renting probably wouldn't appreciate it.
|Remember this drawing?|
See, mint has this tendency to grow. Ok... duh. Of course it grows. But see, it grows a lot.
Especially when you cut sprigs from it at a frequent rate.
The more you cut, the more it grows. For the most part, this is great. It was exactly what I planned on. I just didn't realize how much growth that would be!
This can best be explained with pictures.
Photo one is the sweet mint immediately after being transplanted into the raised garden in the front yard.
|Three sprigs, and they're too tiny to harvest without |
harming the mint plant.
So small... so harmless. So easy it is to soften toward this plant, its fragility bringing a tender smile to your face.
But then, after a few months, it's not so harmless and fragile. Or small, as photo two shows. Keep in mind, this is the same plant.
Keep in mind as you view this... I've allowed clover to grow around the edges, in preparation for the winter. I want the soil to continue to thrive. But the vast majority of what you see is mint.
Due to constant pruning, the mint's root system has exploded outward and grown with great ferocity. Ensuring that it be kept healthy has basically caused me to have an overabundance of mint.
And remember... I have three other mint plants to cut sprigs from, as well, and they're all growing like this.
Looks like I have a lot of mint to dig up and place into pots before winter comes!
So don't forget...
Don't plant too much mint! Under-guess the amount you need, so that you don't end up having to go out and dig it all up a few months later.