Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow, making it the perfect choice for those wishing to start a herb garden in a hassle-free way. An added perk is that it is a perennial herb, so it will continue to reward you for many years to come. It is available in a wide range of cultivars ranging from spearmint to chocolate mint!
Growing tips :
- Plant mint in a large open space (it tends to take over your garden, and will invade the space of other plants if planted too close to them) or in a container. Ideally, it should be planted in a partially shady spot, but it grows well in virtually any position and any type of soil.
- Space mint plants about 30cm apart and keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Once the plants are well established they won’t require much watering.
- Harvest leaves by pinching them off as you need them. Remember to also pinch off bare stems to encourage fuller growth.
- At the end of the growing season, prune your mint plant vigorously and surround it with a generous layer of mulch.
- Mint leaves can be used to make a wonderfully refreshing tea. Combine fresh mint leaves with ginger root and allow to steep in boiling water for a few minutes.
- Mint leaves can be used in potpourri, as well as in homemade beauty products like bath soaks and facial masks.
- Fresh leaves can also be dried and stored in airtight containers for future use.
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