Mint always tastes wrong?
Problem: My home grown mint never tastes anything like the beautiful mint I buy at the grocery store. Too strong, too sharp, more like nasty cheap toothpaste. What am I doing wrong?
I've tried growing three different times now, from three different starter plants from reputable nurseries. twice in zone 7 and now once in zone 5. I have tried both plants labelled as peppermint and spearmint.
I hear over and over again that mint is so easy to grow it is practically a weed, that you have to take care that it doesnt over run your garden by planting it in a sunken pot etc etc. So I have only grown it in pots in potting soil.
So far all I can think to explain it is:
1. The grocery is a different cultivar of mint, not usually available in nurseries
2. The taste of mint improves in poor quality soil, and store-bought potting soil has too many nutrients
3 Something else?....
Any insight or suggestions you all have would be greatly appreciated.