All those people who have been asking me about what is new in my little roof top garden, here is an update with photos! See it yourself and feel the freshness of home grown ‘mint’ aka Pudīna in many Indian languages. The strong aroma of these leaves upon sprinkling water is a must experience that everyone should try. Oh yeah, I am talking about the mint herb plant, not the ones that have been cut off from the soil. Mint has its own significance of using it in culinary, medicines, cosmetics and insecticides. For more detailed usage of Mint, see this wikipedia article. I just love the ‘masala vada’ flavored with mint! Not to mention, I can live on Pudina chutney with rice for days together!
Now that you have looked closer enough, let me show you how much of mint I have grown… 🙂
Feast for eyes with pleasing green? I am also thinking of giving away about half a dozen of Aloe Vera saplings for my blog readers to spread the green love. Due to logistic reasons, I may not be able to send it outside Bangalore. Still in the nascent planning stage to give away those plants in next IndiBlogger meet. I haven’t made up my mind yet on how to conduct a give away contest and choose the winners… Any suggestions?
how to grow pudina in clay….
Prasad Np says
Hi Mohan: After reading this post my interest in home gardening revived and I planted mint some time back.. will write my own experience about same some time
hey mohan, hiee.. m sashwat, i stay in mumbai, i hav grown pudina on my terrace.. can u plss suggest me d amount of sun n water to b given to dem, so dat evn i get pudina as urs..
jyotsna mukherji says
Hi Mr Mohan I started gardening one week back I also planted pudina which i got from the nursery but frown your site Learnt how to grow and water them thanks by the I am growing it in my balcony. Thanks a lots for the information
I want to grow spearmint at home in Bangalore – it is slightly different from mint. I believe it is called ‘pahari (mountain) pudina’. Any idea where I can find seedlings?
Hi.. I have a small container garden in my terrace at Chennai. So far I have grown just okra, mulai keerai, siru keerai, thandu keerai, pulicha keerai, methi and spinach. I am crazy about mint (pudhina). The above pic is my dream. Thrice I have tried to grow them in pots with stalks from the vegetable vendor but all three times they died. Seeds are also not available. I badly want to grow many pots of mint. Could you or anyone tell me how to get a mint plant?
You get from market mostly doesnt have roots. Keep few in a small pot with water in it. change the water every day and look for small roots coming up. You will find small roots coming within 3-4 days. Once you notice it, you can replant it in mud (moist, not watery). You should water it on alternate days with a sprayer (or sprinkle only). Once it started growing fully, you can sprinkle more water, no problem.
Divya, Hope you were successful with pudina. I too live in Chennai. I have just stsrted my k. garden
i have planted pudina in a pot at my home..what are the requirements for a pudina growth like yours??
I was googling to see how pudina plants r grown. I came across ur site and the pics that u have posted are simply superb. I am liking it like any thing. I live in Indianapolis and planning to plant pudina in my patio. It is spring here right now. Can i go ahead and plant pudina now. Do i have to put the pot in the shade or in the sun. Or can i put the pot in my kitchen. How many times do i have to water it. Hope u give me the info if at all i am not asking much.
thanks & regards
Hi Mohan, Forgive my ignorance on this subject, please let me know how do you grow pudina plants?…is it thru seeds(if yes, where do we get them) or thru saplings from nursery. Also, are there any organic ways to protect plants from leaf eating insects(no pesticides, please!!!)…love to hear on some home remedies for these pests.
No, if you find pudina leaves with bare minimal roots on its stems when you buy from local stores – just go ahead and plant that alone. It will grow slowly. Don’t use any pesticides, not required for pudina infact 🙂
Great, thanks ! very interesting !
Wow your pudina plants look so fresh and green. I am inspired to grow them too. My mouth is watering just thinking about pudina chutney and dosas 🙂 YUmmmmm!!!
Hmm too many fans for pudina chutney I suppose!
You know what, I have mint growing here too 🙂 I just love growing herbs at home. If I were in bangalore, I would have come and picked up those Aloe Vera saplings 🙂
Nice to know that Smitha! hehehe… i am yet to come up with a plan on how to give away those saplings 😉
Thanks Mohan, that will be really useful.
Sure, stay tuned 🙂
Can you suggest the steps you followed for setting up a terrace garden. I want to set up one in my residence in chennai, but, am not sure, where to start and how to ensure it doesnt affect the terrace.
I think that qualifies for a separate post altogether. let me come up with one soon.
Roshmi Sinha says
Wow! Such a wonderfully mint fresh post 🙂
And join the club… We too are the proud owners of a terrace garden. It is our pride and joy…
Unfortunately, the water situation in namma Bengaluru isn’t helping the ‘green cause’ 🙁
Thanks Roshmi! Awesome… good luck with your terrace garden. Well, the water problem will be short lived, the rains are looking pretty promising this year.
my fav – Pudina chutney/amul butter sandwiches, yummy!! I love adding mint to chole when I am cooking – it gives it a chaat flavor..
I haven’t tried sandwiches with pudina chutney.. let me try sometime soon. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂
hey mohan awesome. i would like to see your roof top garden once. can you tell when i can visit you.
one must have passion todo all these work. infact i thought of buying some pots and grow some rose plants in that, but hot summer so waiting for the rains to cool the weather.
Thanks raghava… this may not be the right time to my lil set up. Surely, when it is at its best of colors, will invite you. Good thing you did… with soaring temperatures, these plants in a pot require more care.
Partha Pratim says
A delightful watch. Nice!
Thanks Partha! Welcome!
Nice work Mohan.
“Not to mention, I can live on Pudina chutney with rice for days together!” – same here; its just gotta be spicy enough. 🙂
Thanks Jeevan! there seem to be many a things in common between us including ‘MINT’!!!
I will mail across a beverage recipe using Mint as main ingredient which I recently experimented with in the cooking classes I conducted. In fact I liked it so much that I have introduced it in my restaurant also.
wow.. look forward for those recipes Birla, I would be glad to publish your guest post on that! You can send in a couple of photos too if you got a chance to click.
Wow , I love pudina and I have grown it in my home garden too. I bet this is the best things , at least one of the best summer offers us. Lovely pix and so soothing to eyes. Will be reading your blog at length tomorrow. Best wishes.
That is interesting to know. Thanks!
Welcome! Look forward to see you often!
Honestly I envy your garden.. Mint is my fav spice..
Don’t just envy… plan to grow some of these… that would be more fun.
Awesome.. So fresh. Wish you were in FarmVille to give you the highest ever possible farming award! Great thing… Loved it completely.
Hahahahaaa… I gave up farmville long back! Thank you.
Elaya Kumar S says
Apart from the refreshing aroma, it is having a lot of medicinal value.
The photos are heartwarming.
True… because of its medicinal values, mint has been used as a spice in Indian culinary 🙂
Very nice and you are going GREEN bro…..Keep up the good work.
Happy pudina eating 🙂
nice post i like these plants my mom kept these in my home,
my mom always says plants are good for home,
great post mohan
have a great day
Thanks Naveen. It is a great relaxing hobby to get into… there is a lot to learn about life from plants 🙂
Save them for the blogger meet. Its coming real soon!
Sorry, I have decided not to keep this for indiblogger meet. Business and social cause can’t go together!
Hmmm..They look good!
Thank you Keerthana!
Mint is really a coolant. Mint flavoured cool drinks are good for summer.
Nice mint garden you have:)
Yup it is!!! that is why I have opted to grow mint for summer days! Thank you Chitra.
Very nice technique I learnt fr u. Thank u for ur social work. ur guidelines support to the community to keep green and heathy
Wow..feel like I got a whiff this far away…do you drink? if you do try making mojitos at home..fresh mint always make it soooo wonderful..especially on a hot summer day..:)
I’m a non-alcoholic 🙂 Prolly your suggestion on mojito might not make sense to me… but a lot out here 😉
Chandrika Shubham says
Spreading greenery is a really a nice work. 🙂
Thank you Chandrika!
Pudina Chutney with rice? I’ve had it as chutney sandwich.
Aloe vera…first come,first served?
Oh yes! that is something I would jump over to eat without denying even if my stomach is full 🙂 Yet to figure out the best way to choose those lucky 6… Any thoughts?
Raymond Cardoza says
hey i need it
hold on…. i am yet to announce the contest!
Neeraj Shinde says
You simply made my day… what a beautiful garden you have cultivated man! Pudina is from its root to the leaf a medicinal plant. Pudina chutney is one of my personal favourites. Please water your garden daily …. and keep on posting such good snaps! 🙂
Hi Neeraj, glad you liked my garden hobby and experiments over there. I am doing it twice actually… once in the morning and again in the evening. Sure, I will keep posting more as and when something new comes up 🙂
Hey, my mom too grows pudina, curry leaves, coriander leaves… everything. I like Pudina Chatney with chicken kababs. Yumm!
I liked the pics. 🙂
Yummy… I have tried that once… tastes great! Thanks Nethra 🙂
I grew up loving the smell of freshly watered pudina plants, and it’s something everyone must experience! Your post transports me back in time to those hols we spent at my grandmother’s place, thank you:)…Hmm a giveaway …I will be starting my first ever attempt at balcony gardening, and any tips you can give me are welcome!
I get the full picture of you nostalgia!!! Sure, I have already posted quite a few articles on my experimentation by sharing some tips. Feel free to go through and as always, there will be more coming in future!
Wowww I luv mint chutney too .. awesome pics 🙂
Gr8 idea to gift these plants 🙂
Hv an award for u on my blog 🙂
Thank you Swaram!!! yay.. I got an award…. Let the drums roll now 😀
wow this is awesome!
here’s an easy recipe- dry and crush the leaves into a coarse powder. add it to chilled beaten curd, like a raita. you can add small cubes of cucumber to. it’s very cooling, especially these days (summer)..
mohan may not like to dry & crush his own grown plant. 😉
so wait for them to wither and fall off 😛 ?
you get readymade powders in the market anyways..
why to go for ready made stuff when I have the readily available fresh greens? 😛
I don’t dry & crush the flowers… but I dont’ see an issue with this herb since that is the only way we can consume!
Wah… a recipe posted already? Hold on let me freeze upon the plan. Thanks for sharing a summer recipe though 🙂
like mohan said i like masala vada with lot of mint in it! i too grow mint on my roof garden its very refreshing to see this mint plant early in the morning while morning dew drops are still on leaves!
Absolute pleasure indeed to see it and smell it too 🙂
nalini hebbar says
pudina chutney and masala dosa…my fav!
yummy combination for sure!
Best recipe using mint as the main ingredient? – my idea.
For the idea alone, I deserve a sapling!
Good suggestion! Do you? let me see how many people will vouch for that! Probably I will plan something more for posting that idea 😉
my fav flavoring!
mine too 🙂
I think Pudina is amongst those easily grown plants/herbs , isn’t it?
Yes! it is 🙂 That is the reason why chose pudina for hot summer!
love to lnow the facts
What do you want to know seema?