Growing Herbs in Texas: Beat the Heat by Pruning Herbs

| 7/11/2011 4:18:53 PM

c.meredith2Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for more than 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.  

If you live where it's been hot already for weeks on end ... like here in Texas ... your mints may be looking a little leggy and less than perky. What to do? Prune!

Mints don't really like our extremely hot weather. In fact, mints do best where it's cool and moist. Well, we can do moist, but, cool? Not this time of year. Sorry. So, mints take well to pruning during the extreme heat of a southern summer. If you've been using your mints regularly, you might not need to prune them because when you harvest, you are pruning. 

7-11-11 lime mint 

I've been using this lime mint for tea all summer and it's nice and bushy. Also, this tub get's watered daily.

 7-11-11 lemon balm 

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