Did you know you can grow mint just by picking a sprig and putting it in a glass of water? I vaguely remembered reading something about it and thought I'd have a go, and so far the signs are good.
I pilfered a sprig of mint from my dad's garden last time I went over and within about 10 days look what had happened:
So this weekend I planted it up into a pot of compost, gave it a good feed and water...
...then popped the pot into the ground.
Apparently mint is so voracious that it's best to do it this way - if you plant it directly into the ground it will have taken over your garden within the week (or so you would think given the number of warnings I have had from more experienced gardeners. Just mention mint and there is much sucking in of breath and shaking of heads!)
So finger's crossed for a thriving mint plant in the near future!
Meanwhile it was time to try out another Cottontails garden tool, and this time I picked one of our watering cans.
The Little Pals green watering can (£8) is one of three children's watering cans available at Cottontails and a very nice little thing it is too! Small enough to be very quick to fill and light to lift when full, but holds enough water to be worthwhile.
I also discovered it is quite handy for doing the watering in our little plastic mini greenhouse thingy (you know, one of those sets of shelves covered with some plastic) - there is not much space between the shelves and it's a bit of a challenge to squeeze in a full size watering can so this is just the job.