Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hanging Herbs

Here's a discovery.  A peppermint cutting can take root in a glass jar with water after just about a week.  And what's on this picture?  Well I'm trying to conserve on potting soil so I put in a lot of leaves below and over the soil.  I hear it conserves water that way too.  So you'll have to look very closely to differentiate the peppermint from the other leaves on this hanging pot.  Will it thrive in this environment?  I'll let you know in a couple of weeks. 

And so I got to thinking.  If that technique works with a peppermint, maybe it'll work for other herbs.  And that's when I took cuttings from my oregano thyme, chocolate mint and Japanese mint, put them in a zip locked plastic bag with a little water and tacked them to a banana tree.

What's really cool about these herbs?  Well, part of the charm is that I can eat them, but what's even better is that they're fragrant.  That's why I imagine having a garden full on mints; so the air is always fresh.

If you're ever in the neighborhood, drop by.  I'll give you a cutting or two. Heck, I'll even throw in a mango seed that's ready to be planted.  I seem to have an oversupply, especially since another mango plant sprouted.  But that's another story.


  1. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Donner: Update on the herbs? Did your cuttings grow roots? One of my mints died. Thyme too. My oregano is growing out of the pot and crawling on the floor. Maybe I should try your ziploc + water method to grow another oregano plant. Or do you think I can just cut and stick it into a pot of soil?

    I use coffee grounds as soil 'extender', by the way. You might want to try that too.

  2. Hi Donna! That's actually the topic of my upcoming post. I'm having good luck with the mints, so-so with the oregano thyme. Let's trade herbs sometime. ;-)


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