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I have done a terrible thing

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CruCru Sat 25-Apr-15 18:35:25

I have planted mint (black peppermint) at the top of a stepped part of the garden. I haven't told DH - whenever I mention mint, he rants about how it gets everywhere and can never be got rid of. Seriously, you'd think it was Japanese knotweed.

I'd quite like it to spread, we have a horrible weed that is halfway between bindweed and giant Lily pads. I'm hoping the mint will fight with this horrible thing or am I deluded?

AlternativeTentacles Sat 25-Apr-15 18:38:28

It will just grow in amongst all that. Sorry.

CruCru Sat 25-Apr-15 18:39:59


Greaterthanthesumoftheparts Sat 25-Apr-15 18:57:31

Oh dear, I planted some in a pot last year with some other herbs and I am really regretting that now!

StaceyAndTracey Sun 26-Apr-15 00:16:07

I've never said this on Mumsnet before but < whispers >

I agree with your husband

CointreauVersial Sun 26-Apr-15 00:22:10

I managed to kill my mint.

There's no hope for me as a gardener, is there?

StaceyAndTracey Sun 26-Apr-15 00:23:02


shovetheholly Mon 27-Apr-15 16:13:42

Cointreau - mint doesn't like hot, dry conditions and you can kill it easily if it doesn't get any water!

OP, I'm sorry - I agree with your husband too!! It's really, really invasive. I am still pulling out pieces of mint from a bed I have cleared multiple times to get rid of it. It's a lovely plant to have.... in a pot!

Does your weed have yellow flowers about now?

HagOtheNorth Mon 27-Apr-15 16:16:43

I planted mint in a bald patch in the middle of the lawn. It's lovely.
My mother kills mint, I've been offering her sacrificial victims for years and every time, every species or variety....dead as a doornail in 12 months.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 27-Apr-15 16:17:28

I planted mint once. I had a mint lawn for years. It spread from the herb bed and was coming up in the lawn. Dh was not impressed. Id pull it out quick.

HagOtheNorth Mon 27-Apr-15 16:22:04

Mine's been there a decade or so, I weed it every now and then. OH hasn't noticed, gardens aren't his thing.

drspouse Mon 27-Apr-15 16:38:35

I managed to kill my mint.

Me too, and our garden is damp and shady. Every two or three years I start again.

wonkylegs Mon 27-Apr-15 16:53:48

Mint doesn't like our garden, doesn't grow at all, I have a pot on the windowsill that sorts out my mojito cravings.
Lemon balm however is the bane of my garden, previous owners planted it and I've been trying to get rid of it for 2 years, I rip it out, turn round and it's back again

GerbilsAteMyCat Mon 27-Apr-15 16:58:38

That weed is wierd. What is it? Some kind of ground bases bindweed?

pengymum Mon 27-Apr-15 17:34:26
That plant looks like Celandine.
Can't do proper link - on phone. Sorry!

pengymum Mon 27-Apr-15 17:37:47

Ooh! It worked! grin
Re the mint, best take it out & put it in a large pot or tub so you have enough to use but it won't take over your garden. The celandine needs to be dug out - regrows if you leave any roots. Or glyphosate weedkiller.

CruCru Mon 27-Apr-15 17:55:13

The weed had purple flowers months ago but is now just plain evil and taking over the entire island.

HagOtheNorth Mon 27-Apr-15 18:28:04

Purple flowers and leaves that shape?
Are they violets? I have them running wild everywhere in spring.

Callmegeoff Mon 27-Apr-15 19:22:50

I have the same weed must be an Island thing. It's winter flowering heliotrope. I keep digging up the rhizomes and pulling off the leaves. I can't quite bring myself to use glyphosate but that is what's needed apparently. I have got rid of 90% of it.

My mints in a pot. smile

CruCru Mon 27-Apr-15 22:01:27

Are you on the IoW as well Callme? Well done for getting rid of so much of it, it's horrible stuff.

oldbrownboot Mon 27-Apr-15 22:25:23

my mint is in a pot but unfortunately not placed somewhere sensible like the patio; it's in the herb bed. The roots 'escaped' through the holes at the bottom of the pot so now its growing outside the pot too. grrr.

BuildYourOwnSnowman Mon 27-Apr-15 22:30:24

how does a mint lawn work?

Callmegeoff Mon 27-Apr-15 23:51:30

Yes I'm in Ryde, <waves>

GerbilsAteMyCat Tue 28-Apr-15 07:36:03

I totally get where you are coming from. I planted mint as ground cover a couple of years ago to stem the tide of ground elder when my sons were small. It did work but now I'm yanking it all out. The ivy in your pictures would be my worry. Personally I would fork the whole area to get rid of the ivy and freaky weed, then plant nice groundcover plants like perennial geraniums or if it's sunny alpine strawberries.

redshoeblueshoe Tue 28-Apr-15 07:56:29

Wonky -on another thread someone said how bad lemon balm is - so I googled it - apparently it is a mint --bastard hiding behind a false name--I've just dug mine up and put it in a pot. I've got some of the purple stuff - hoeing seems to be the way to get rid of it

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