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E. Vinje

Hello –

Yes, mint can produce quickly and will indeed spread. As a result, many backyard growers prefer to plant mint in containers. You can also keep mint from taking over by planting it in a bottomless container — think coffee can — sunk into the ground at least 10 inches deep. This will keep the plant’s network of rhizomes from spreading. To regain your garden without using toxic herbicides consider digging up the patch (make sure to get it all) or cover it with black plastic for several weeks. We also recommend AllDown Organic Herbicide. Made from horticultural vinegar and citric acid, it degrades rapidly and will not move through the soil to injure nearby plants. Here’s a link.


Hope it helps!