Gardening: Dick Strawbridge of Escape to the Chateau warns against planting mint.
In a plant tips video, gardening expert and Escape to the Chateau star Dick Strawbridge issued a warning about planting mint herbs. The plant “spreads like a weed” and may be a “real pain in the neck,” according to the DIY expert.
Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel Adoree, stars of Escape to the Chateau, teamed up with Homebase earlier this year to help Britons renovate their gardens and houses. Videos on how to build a raised bed and how to use a tape measure can be found on YouTube’s “Give it a Go” series. Dick demonstrates how to plant mint in one of the April 2021 videos, as well as providing a warning about the herb.
In April, he planted the herb alongside other salad greens, with the intention of harvesting it now and later this summer.
“The first thing I’m putting in is a mint,” he remarked. Mint should only need to be purchased once.
“It persists indefinitely and spreads like a weed.
“If I took this out and planted it here, there would be nothing but mint in two years, and it would be a tremendous pain in the neck.
“A weed is a plant that grows where it is not wanted.
“So we need this to behave itself, which is why I have another pot.”
Dick said he’s planting the mint in a second, “larger” container with plenty of space.
“Mint spreads by inserting small tentacles left and right,” he continued.
“We want to put a stop to that, therefore we’re going to plant it in this box.”
Dick removed the bottom of the pot, allowing the roots to grow downwards but not sideways.
He went on to say, “I don’t mind my roots going down.” “I don’t want it to go in the wrong direction.”
Herbs are usually planted near paths or backdoors to make them more convenient to use in the kitchen.
Dick planted the herb by first placing the larger pot in the earth and then filling it with soil.
He then dug a hole in the soil around the size of the herb.
“To make sure it’s the appropriate size, I put my pot in and press it down till the dirt level in the pot matches the soil level surrounding it,” Dick continued.
“When I take it, I twist it a little.”Brinkwire Summary News”.