Chat Leftovers: Mint in Winter
Another Wednesday, another Free Range Chat, when Food staffers try to address your culinary conundrums. Be there at 1, when we'll be joined by Tony Rosenfeld, who writes today about grilled summer soups.
As usual, last week we ran out of time before plowing through the entire crop of questions. Here's one we couldn't squeeze in. Our guest chatter Nancy Baggett left behind the answer:
Will my mint plants survive the winter in Nothern Virginia? I just got them this year and so far they are fine, but if they are going to die, I would like to bring them inside. Any advice greatly appreciated.
Nancy Baggett: Mints tend to be very hardy. In fact, they will often overrun the garden. (So I keep most of mine in pots.) Both the mints in the ground and those in foam pots normally live; the foam pots are a good insulator from the cold.
Pineapple mint and other variegated ones are the most tender and often don’t make it. I don’t think bringing them in works well: A better idea would be to put them in a sheltered spot outside, right next to the house.
The ones left in the ground should just be mulched; they will probably do fine.
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