Mostly Mint Garden
My two oregano plants took off over the last couple weeks, so it was definitely time to harvest. The peppermint and spearmint (no surprise) were trying to spread far and wide. Thankfully they look different enough to be able to separate out.
OK the lemon balm and spearmint look much alike in these pictures, but the spearmint is a bit fuzzy. This makes it not fun to get clean as the little hairs want to hold on to the dirt. Research tells me that spearment can be anywhere from not fuzzy to fuzzy, so this must be a fuzzy variety. It looks like it could be apple mint, which is usually fuzzy. Making a drink from it, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't more minty. (See apple mint below)
The peppermint has more deeply veined leaves. No fuzz, so it's easy to tell apart from the spearmint.
I saw chocolate mint at the store last year and couldn't resist. It has a dark stem like the apple mint, but it is smaller and has a darker tint to the leaves. The leaves do smell a bit chocolaty along with the mint.
I need to replace this picture, but it's getting late. The oregano definitely looks like it is part of the mint family. No minty smell here though.
L-R peppermint, spearmint (top center), lemon balm (bottom center)
and four bundles of oregano on the right.
|Hanging to dry|