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9386 Congress Street Ext
Trumansburg, NY, 14886
United States

607.342.4953

Edible Acres is a permaculture nursery and food forest farm located in Trumansburg, NY.  Focused on perennial, hardy, useful, edible and resilient plants, we use low and no tech solutions to grow out hundreds of different types of plants for our community and beyond!  We're excited to share what we do with you!

Mints

Plants for Spring 2019 Shipping

NOTE: We’re ‘closed’ for shipping for Spring 2019. We’ll update our inventory for Fall 2019 shipping around Summer Solstice. Check back early July, or look for a newsletter update that we’re open again. Thanks for your patience. We’re a tiny nursery and are trying our best to keep up with the interest and excitement over these wonderful plants!

Your order placed now will be collected, carefully packaged and shipped as bare root plants in the early spring when the ground has thawed but the plants haven’t started actively growing. For our climate this is normally sometime between later March and mid-April… We’ll email you shipping confirmation and tracking details as soon as they ship!

TIP: Use the tags above to help filter our offerings by characteristic (ie. click on ‘fruit’ to find any fruit bearing plants we offer, etc.) As we add more and more it is a helpful way to find a plant to fit your goals…

Mints

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Mentha Family
The mint family has an incredible diversity of members. We work with a broad range of friends in this family, so it was hard to narrow down what we wanted to offer on the site. We landed on a handful of Mentha members who we believe are great mints to start with in the permaculture garden. We love planting mints around young trees to help confer some protection from herbivory, to provide a fast and potent ground cover, to draw in beneficial insects to support our over story elements, and to provide beauty, medicine and delicious snacks as we work in our food forest. Incredibly easy to expand on your own once you have them growing. Please be aware just about all mints are vigorous and spreading, so think about where you’d like them to be so you can love them being there!

Lemon Balm - Melissa Officinalis - Just about the hardiest and most readily spreading mint we know. Dense, beautiful green foliage, small but numerous flowers adored by bees for what must be an incredibly delicious and medicinal nectar flow, robust growth, bright yet deep lemony scent and flavor when eaten fresh… Lemon Balm is a real powerful and wonderful ally. Unlike many of its other family members, Lemon Balm seems capable of showing up by seed in all sorts of new locations. This is an welcome attribute in the young tree orchard, but something to be aware of near the annual garden. The simple solution is plan to harvest a few rounds of leaves every growing season to dry for the winter. Lemon Balm tea is rich, nourishing and beautifully flavored. Leaves dry readily and easily.

Curly Mint - Mentha Spicata - Crispa’ - We started growing this beautiful mint a few years ago and have loved having it around. Curly mint is like a spearmint with it’s fuzzy and potently scented leaves, but with a very unique deeply ‘ruffled’ leaf form. Grows with excellent spreading vigor (read: think about where you put it!) We brought it on as a novelty but quickly realized that although quite ornamental, this mint has incredibly strong and lovely mint flavor, is great in the kitchen for fresh use in the summer months AND dries quite nicely for tea. What a winner!

Bee Balm - Monarda Didyma - Reliable, gently spreading mint. Seems to have enjoyed every context we put it in. Especially lovely as an understory to young shrubs and trees, it’s stunning flowers add brightness and beauty wherever it lives. If you haven’t eaten a bee balm flower petal in mid-summer… you are in for a heavenly treat. Each petal is like a neon red silk trumpet filled with one drop of pure honey at the base and flavored like a perfumed oregano. Think thats an overly fancy description? Try one! :)

We’re offering ‘single’ plants (it will be a chunk of root mass you can certainly divide into a few upon receipt and make a little patch with but is intended for one strong initial planting) or ‘patches’ that will provide you with a pile of roots that could easily be separated into a robust starter patch or placed around at least 4-5 trees (or more!).
Mint Craziness Patch - for those who are ready to dive head first into mentha heaven with enough rootlets to start a darn nursery if ya wanted! (we’ll still label variety names for you with this)

Size:
About 1’ high, up to 3’ tall with flowers depending on type.

Site Preference:
Mints can really live just about anywhere it seems. We have some in deep shade that grow just fine (slows down their expansion actually, which could be good). Full sun, rich soil, deep mulch is most preferred, but they’ll be happy to grow anywhere their roots touch some earth.

Hardiness:
Zone 3 or potentially colder for most mints

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