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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

10 Fun Things to Do with Mint This Summer


I think we've all had this happen at one time or another: you plant some mint and before you know it, you've got enough mint to feed a third-world country! I've learned my lesson and plant most of our mint in a container now to keep it from spreading, but honestly, I love mint and use it in so many ways on our farm that I am more than happy to let it grow like a weed. Here are my ten favorite ways to use mint.

1.) Fresh or dried mint in the nesting boxes and mint planted around the coop helps to naturally repel rodents that can spread disease and eat the chicken feed. 


2.) I also make this Lavender Mint Coop Refresh Spray to help keep our coop smelling nice. It's a wonderful refresh spray for your home as well.


3.) Flies don't like mint much either, so I make these simple, cute fly repelling mason jars for our back patio in the summer ...


4.) and also this vinegar-based all natural Basil Mint Fly Spray for our horses, duck house and run area where the flies seem to congregate.


5.) Mint has natural cooling properties, so it makes for great iced tea in the summer. I brew this Vanilla Mint Iced Tea right in our coffee machine for an inexpensive, healthy summer sipper.


6.) Your chickens can benefit from mint's cooling properties as well with these Frozen Ice Cube Treats that are fun and easy to make.


7.) This easy homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe calls for not only fresh mint but also fresh eggs! It's a winner.



8.) I also love using mint as a garnish for desserts, especially for this Tiered Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake.


9.) Mint helps to keep breath fresh (hence all the minty gums and breath 'mints'), so I like to whip up a batch of these Blueberry Mint Dog Treats for our dogs on occasion.


10.) At the end of the season, I like to harvest all of the remaining mint and dry some to use over the winter using my handy DIY Herb Drying Rack and also make a batch of Mint Jelly to use as an accompaniment for a rack or leg of lamb.


There are many different varieties of mint including chocolate mint, orange mint, spearmint, grapefruit mint, mojito mint and lemon balm. You can use them interchangeably. Just avoid Pennyroyal; it's toxic.


Do you grow mint? What varieties? And do you have other ways you use mint around your coop, farm or home? I would love to hear them.


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9 comments:

  1. Chocolate mint makes the BEST Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Here's the scoop!
    http://www.theeggfarm.com/blog/2013/08/30/mint-chocolate-ice-cream-oh-my/

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  2. Hi ! I'm Evi from Greece. I don't have chicken but I would love to have, hope one day !!!! I love your page and all your great ideas. My suggestion with mint is to add fresh mint in a tomato salad, along with onions (fresh or not), cucumber, feta cheese and anything else you like. It gives a SUPER fresh taste !!! Enjoy !!!

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    1. Oh now that sounds yummy! I love Greek food so I will for sure try this!

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  3. I have trouble keeping mint growing around the house. Hubby goes wild on his 4wheeler with the sprayer attachment. He sprays weed killer EVERWHERE! I have some in pots right now that I have been trying to figure out where the "safest" place would be to plant them. Reading this blog gave me the idea of the chicken run. He never weeds there ; ) plus it will help with flys and rodents. Thank you.

    If and when I do have mint I dry it and use it as the core of the Temari (Japanese Thread Balls) that I make. I start with a cup full if rice hulls in a thin plastic bag. Make a well in the center and add a fistful of dried mint, work the rice hulls around, adding more if need and twist the bag and turn it in on itself. Then yarn is wrapped around that core, keeping it in as round a ball shape as possible, finishing the ball with sewing thread until you have good coverage. Then you can embroider just about any design on the ball. Traditionally geometric designs were used but freehand designs are my favorite.

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  4. I have all the mints listed except Grapefruit. I also have Apple and Catmint. I keep picking it and dehydrating it for winter, My girls LOVE it Fresh and Dry. I mix it with their feed and they eat it. Also have it planted in cinder blocks around the coop. Right now I'm looking for help with a possible sprained /maybe broken leg. You always have the best advice. Thanks for a wonderful educational blog.

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  5. Saw your post on farm girl.. I planted mint in a small patch in my front yard, and around the house foundation... BEFORE I knew it grew like a weed gone wild.. My mint came from and old plantation in virginia... Now I love it, use with hens in their nest, when they free ranged, in the summer they would lay in it...

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  6. Just started a herb garden with mint and lavender, I was trying to think of a way to plant mint around the coup without my husband weed eating it down, I like the cinder block idea

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  7. I have just bought and planted some strawberry mint for the first time, when its matured I will put sprigs in ice cold water with a slice of lime for those hot Summer days :)

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    1. Oh neat! That's a new variety I've never heard of.

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