Mint Planter Pot

Whether meant specifically for kids as in this case, or for people of any age, a pot planted with multiple kinds of mint can be a big hit! In the Pacific Northwest, mint plants will take over and proliferate throughout any garden bed or area of ground in which they’re planted. So keeping mint contained in a pot is a great way to use and enjoy it without having to constantly fight it throughout the year. This project can also be ideal if the only outdoor space you have is a small balcony, patio or just your front or back door steps. Container gardening can really work!

A great kids gardening project is a mint mystery pot! All you need is a few different varieties of mint and a nice big pot or planter you’re okay with the mint owning like gangsta turf lords. This one I potted up for a client uses peppermint, spearmint, apple mint and sweet mint – all different flavors that the kids can come and nibble, trying to figure out which variety leaf they just picked? These four varieties are also going to be useful to the adults in the family – they’re good for tea and lots more! Pro tip: for safety, help kids know what they can nibble in the garden by giving it a brightly colored pot or a specific tag saying what it is and that it’s for them to enjoy. Teach the little ones to eat what is colored and labeled just for them and help them avoid any plants in the yard that they should not eat – lots of our favorite flowers are toxic, so clear directions about this are great for safety.

Mint tasting garden for Children by Eugene Garden Design
For materials you'll need a larger planter pot, and several small mint plants of different varieties. I reused a brightly colored pot that was sitting in my garage for this project, knowing that the bright color would help to identify this pot as something for the kids in the family. I also got Mom in on the idea, so she could talk the little ones through it once they spot it.
Childrens Garden Mint Tasting Assortment by Eugene Garden Design
Space the small mint plants in the pot with room to grow - if there's no room, use a bigger pot. At first the planter pot might look slightly empty, but just give it a few weeks for the young plants to get established and grow, leafing out and getting good and fluffy. As the mint plants grow bigger, they may eventually need to move into pots of their own!
Mint varieties for a sampler pot by Eugene Garden Design
Here are the varieties of mint I used in this pot. I chose types that the kids would think taste like common mint gum flavors, and these varieties are also useful for tea and other things the adults in the family will use it for. There are so many varieties of mint, it's fun to plant different combinations based on what's available at the nursery at any given time.
Mint Assortment for Tasting by Eugene Garden Design
Once all the small mint plants are settled in their new home, this pot got a good watering and I set it out in full sun at the edge of the family's backyard patio. I will be watching over time to see how these plants take off and grow, and will relocate them to bigger pots of their own as each plant outgrows this arrangement.

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