I’m not good with plants. In fact, if all the greenery in the world got together and began its own version of the FBI, I would definitely be Public Enemy Number One. When I was in college, I’d come home every summer and winter break with a box of half-dead plants that my mom would whisk away for some plant rehab. So you can imagine the sigh of relief heard in greenhouses everywhere this week when my newly planted mint began flourishing.
Mint is a plant known for exponential growth (which I why I sought it out in the first place). I planted mine in a medium-size pot on my apartment windowsill in full sun, and the very next day, I could already see growth. In the yard, mint’s rapid growth can be a double-edged sword — gardeners who want a tidy patch of mint should plant it in a plastic container with a bottom buried in the ground. But for the non-plant-savvy like myself, mint is a breath of fresh air. –Katie D.