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So....is this spearmint?
howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
Posts: 130
From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2011-12-15 08:26 am   Permalink

Last summer, I had planted in a old mixing bowl filled with potting soil some spearmint seeds to grow and use in drinks. Anyway, shortly after I had planted them, I found my schipperkee DC (small black dog) licking the top of the soil. Figured that I'd start spotting spearmint growing in the yard anywhere he laid his little spearmint seed laden schipperke bombs. Today while walking around the yard looking at my papaya plants, I spotted patches of this:

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l63/dar_125/IMG_20111215_110429.jpg

growing all over the yard. I'm guessing these are my spearmint? If so, I'm thinking of transplanting some of it in a pot (could just cut what I need off the yard, but the aformentioned schipperke may....eh..."fertilize" it and I don't want "fertilizer" in my drinks).

thanks,
howlinowl


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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1862
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2011-12-15 08:36 am   Permalink

So....is this tiki?

 
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howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2011-12-15 08:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-15 08:36, 4WDtiki wrote:
So....is this tiki?



I dunno.....the drinks are tiki, Mai Tai. Served in Tiki mugs while listening to Exotica music. Posted in the wrong section??? Maybe should have put it in Food and Drink? Looked for, but didn't find a "tiki gardening" section.....maybe we need one.....after all the Mai Kai has a garden area......

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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-12-15 09:07 am   Permalink

Moved to Tiki Drinks and Food.

 
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howlinowl
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2011-12-15 09:09 am   Permalink

Thanks for the help.....place reminds me of junior high school. New kid asks for a little help and gets nothing but grief from the cool kids.....

 
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Q-tiki
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Joined: Sep 22, 2011
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From: East TN
Posted: 2011-12-15 09:17 am   Permalink

HAHA!! Great comment about Jr. high... And true in many ways. (I too am a newbie)

I couldn't discern Spearmint from the "fertilizer" in your yard, but try picking some and rubbing it to see what it smells like. I think it's cool that you are trying to grow some garnish.

Cheers!


 
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howlinowl
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2011-12-15 09:28 am   Permalink

I'll try that.

Actually, I'm not that "new". Joined here in 2008. Lurked for many years before. But only have sixty someodd posts. Still mostly lurk.

Probably will just go back to lurking. Just seems a lot of the fun gets sucked out of this place. And what is tiki without fun?

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Limbo Lizard
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From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2011-12-15 10:40 am   Permalink

Sorry, but that's definitely not spearmint, it's a weed (maybe a Blackseed or Common Plantain, or similar in the Plantago genus). Lucky me, I have both spearmint and that weed in my yard. Spearmint leaves have serrated edges, and Q-tiki's suggestion about rubbing the leaves between your fingers is the easiest test.

[ This Message was edited by: Limbo Lizard 2011-12-15 11:04 ]


 
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jingleheimerschmidt
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Joined: Apr 20, 2007
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From: santa rosa, calif.
Posted: 2011-12-15 11:16 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-15 09:09, howlinowl wrote:
Thanks for the help.....place reminds me of junior high school. New kid asks for a little help and gets nothing but grief from the cool kids.....




Quote:

On 2011-12-15 09:17, Q-tiki wrote:
HAHA!! Great comment about Jr. high... And true in many ways. (I too am a newbie)




Gimme yer mai tai money, n00bs, or I'll give you a wedgie!!!


 
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Q-tiki
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Joined: Sep 22, 2011
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From: East TN
Posted: 2011-12-15 12:08 pm   Permalink

Uh-oh... RUN!!!!




Hmm... Nobody wants weed in their drink.

Wait for it...


 
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kid_dynamo
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Joined: Oct 13, 2011
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Posted: 2011-12-15 4:29 pm   Permalink

Actually some old cocktail recipes call for "liquid marijuana". I know nothing further.

 
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WestADad
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From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2011-12-15 6:28 pm   Permalink

As said above, the leaves are kind of serrated, and the stem is four sided.



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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2011-12-15 8:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-15 09:28, howlinowl wrote:
Probably will just go back to lurking. Just seems a lot of the fun gets sucked out of this place. And what is tiki without fun?


Lighten up, Francis, it was meant as a joke. As in, ADDing some fun, not sucking it out with overly sensitive feelings. If you WERE a newb, I wouldn't have posted that.

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capheind
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Joined: Aug 24, 2010
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From: Bakersfield, CA
Posted: 2011-12-15 9:57 pm   Permalink

Incidentally square stems are a hallmark of mints, and their closest relatives, but the easiest way is to smell it, or to taste it.. There are only a few plants that can kill by contact... your like 75% safe...

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-12-15 10:27 pm   Permalink

Looking through the posts above I see mentions of "dog fertilizer", "weed", "smell" and "taste"

HERE is the thing that ties them all together
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