I really believe that if I took a glass of iced tea and pulled up a chair next to my container of mint, I could sit and watch it grow right in front of me. I could pinch off a few new sprigs that had sprung up before my very eyes, swirl them around in my tea, and watch for the next batch of leaves to sprout.
Here's what the mint looked like when I planted it on June 29:
And here's what it looks like two weeks later:
I've learned from experience to only grow mint in containers, and to either use a container that doesn't have holes in the bottom or put it somewhere other than on the ground. Because I've had mint grow out of the holes of the container, into the ground, and spread. But my iced tea just wouldn't be the same without that mint flavor that's so delicious and brings back memories of the mint tea my grandmother used to make. So it's a definite to-do today that I make a fresh batch of tea sprinkled liberally with sprigs of mint, to get this container under control!