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Mint and Horseradish

Karin and Gus wrote:

We have adopted a plot in a community garden that is filled with mint and
This is the time of year to harvest horseradish, so you might as well dig up what you can and process it. A nice horseradish sauce is always a welcome gift (but maybe that's my Eastern European hertiage talking! ;-D)

You can also make mint jelly, mint liquor and dry mint for tea.

All this harvesting will make you feel like you got something out of the plot and will knock down some of the plants before going to the next step.

How can we get rid of it without the use of chemicals?
If you aren't going to plant anything more this year, find out where your local appliance shop stashes its cardboard and cover the entire plot with two or three layers of plain brown cardboard (not hard when you're using refrigerator boxes). Cover the whole thing with wood chips, fallen leaves, manure and whatever other organic matter you can get your hands on.

By spring, everything will be smothered and the worms will have broken down the organic matter such that you will have a near-perfect planting bed to place whatever plants you like.


Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

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