Mints and rockets … these two seem to be perennials in my balcony garden. Mints, I know, will grow back again in spring and that, once you have them, you can continue having them. But rockets (or arugula as it is known in the United States) … are supposed to be annual. But the ones on my balcony are entering their second year. Not only that, … like the chives, they are multiplying! Well of course I have helped them to multiply by dividing them … as I did with the chives. 😀
And they are both doing very well … especially the mints.
From teeny, tiny bits like this in early April … when I re-planted into fresh compost the little bits that had survived the long winter season …
… the mint plants grew to this size three weeks later. The cold start to spring must have stunted their growth a little … because when the weather started to get a little warmer in May, they really started pushing up!
And this is how the mint plants are looking today, less than three weeks after the second photo … large leaves and looking very green and healthy!
A mixture of two different mints growing in the same pot. Some of the tiny seedlings had sprouted from the seeds that had found their way into other pots last year … most likely with the help of the strong wind that we sometimes have here. I collected several of the little seedlings and put them into a single pot before the start of winter. I could have collected more of the seedlings, but I decided that enough seedlings to fill a pot should be more than adequate to meet my ‘minty’ needs! 🙂
And these are the rockets … from last season. They were starting to bolt earlier on … had in fact bolted last year … but I snipped off the tops, removed the dead leaves, divided the plants and then re-potted them into fresh compost.
Happily, they have started growing again … thereby saving me from having to plant them from seeds! 😀
Since the two plants had seemed to be thriving in the current spring weather, I did not think of checking on them often … big mistake! Today as I was trying to snap some nice photos of them, I realised that my number one enemy is thriving among the green looking plants!
Yup, the annoying aphids are making themselves at home among my mints and rockets … arggh! The above are just the baby ones. Some of them pesky aphids that I found among the mints are really quite big and fat … just like the leaves of the mints on which they are residing right now! And there are green ones and brown ones!
What a killjoy, these aphids … just when I was feeling happy that the mints and rockets are growing very well. So from today, they are going to be subjected to regular sprays of water mixed with dishwashing liquid. I hope that will help to get rid of them. We shall see lah!
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