Can any gardeners help me?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by SterlingAcres, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've got 2-3 flower beds covered with this (what I believe to be) spearmint. Is it edible? Can I make tea with it or something else? It smells FANTASTIC!

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  2. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like catnip to me.
     
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    U R correct.........tastes good
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Catnip. Dig it up.
     
  5. LindaN

    LindaN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Catnip makes a nice tea. Very soothing and good for you.
     
  6. MrsSmitho

    MrsSmitho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there [​IMG]
    Yes, it does look like a mint. Squish some between your fingers and smell, if it smells like mint, it is!! Lucky lady!
    You can make tea, or dry it and make sashes out of it. Put it in an old sock with some rice, nuke for a minuite and enjoy the aroma while easing sore muscals!!

    There are a ton of things you can do with it. Google rocks!!

    Good luck!
    Kim
     
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Wow! Catnip!? What all can I use it for? Is it wild or planted by previous owners? I've got a ton of it.

    And I have no cats, since I'm allergic. [​IMG]
     
  8. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    Quote:If it smells like spearmint, it is. catnip doesn't smell anything like spearmint. sorry reading comprehension not good......
     
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  9. cyrixlord

    cyrixlord Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yah looke like catnip, it wont hurt you. i like growing mint myself. I use it in some nice dips and recipes. Especially nice to mix crushed mint with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and serve with pita bread and Tahini
     
  10. Bebop

    Bebop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Doesn't look like catnip at all. I grow all kinds of mint: chocolate, orange, pineapple, apple, and spear and peppermint. There are all kinds of cultivars.
    Catnip is related, but is lighter in color and its leaves are more spade-shaped.

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    Looks like spearmint to me. It spreads everywhere and darn hard to get rid of!
    I love it!
    Many uses! I like making teas and using as a garnish! You can also make it into jellies!
    >^.^<
     
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