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.
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