I am happy to report that mint has been effective mouse repellent in my garden. In fact I had so much success, I went a little crazy with buying mint plants. Since my last mint post, I bought an additional mojito mint plant and a nice sized chocolate mint plant. Mojito mint by the way is amazing. I can’t believe I was getting by with peppermint in my Mojitos for so long.
Another cost effective way to get mint is to grow from cuttings. I had tried this method before with my African Violets last year without success. However, I read that mint is pretty foolproof. There were two recommended methods and I thought I would do an experiment to see which method was better.
First Method: Cup of Water
1. Cut a fresh, new sprig of mint. Cut end at an angle.
2. Strip 2/3 of the leaves
3. Place in a glass with rooting hormone.
Verdict: In less than a week a mass of roots started to grow. However, the plant was sickly looking and since being transplanted it’s been growing at a slower rate.
Second Method: Soil and Planting Medium
1. Repeat step one and two from prior instructions.
2. Dip in rooting hormone.
3. Place in soil and dirt mixture.
Verdict: The plants took longer to grow roots and a second set of leaves but the plant was healthier and has filled out nicely since I transplanted it.
I also tried a sand mixture just because I was curious and it was not successful.