Growing Crazy Peppermint Plants

| 8/11/2011 12:44:07 AM

Michelle MooreShelley Moore is an aspiring organic backyard gardener with hopes of becoming a true 'green thumb'. She is the mother of two young daughters and the wife of one helpful husband. They reside in northern Utah.   

If you’ve watched a few episodes (or several, like us) of the popular children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba, then you know of the segment where a guest of the show teaches the characters and the viewers a dance routine, “A Dancy Dance.” 

The dance moves are explained and then it’s all put together to music. At the end of the Dancy Dance it’s a free-for-all of whatever dance moves you want to do along with the usual sing song-y words of, "Go crazy, go crazy..." 

This last "go crazy" part is how I like to describe the zippy scented peppermint plant; it just grows and grows and grows! It goes crazy! 
Our initial reasoning behind planting peppermint plants in our yard is due to a nasty four-letter word: mice. Yuck!

Peppermint plants transplanted from front yard 
Peppermint plants transplanted from our front yard. Photo By Shelley Moore. 

We’ve had our fair share of these undesirable creatures finding temporary refuge in our garage, and one actually found its way into our house! 
Double yuck! (Oh, the master bathroom memories where the mouse was caught... triple yuck!) 
So, planting peppermint plants was a way, we learned, to deter mice.  
Reading about peppermint plants also told us how invasive they are. But to a new gardener, (and with new landscaping) I have to say it is rather a happy site to see a plant crazily growing so much and so full and green!