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Mentha spp.

A mint cutting

Mint has a wonderfully fresh taste, which can add a punch to both sweet and savory dishes. It is very hardy and easy to grow.

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Part shade

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Spring – autumn

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Water regularly

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Well drained soil

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All climatic zones

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10-12 weeks after sowing

Growing mint

Basil is quick growing herb, that is easy to grow from seed indoors or out, and also very easy to propagate from cuttings.

Growing Tips

  • Mint is best grown in a pot as it spreads easily and can ramble around a garden bed if not closely controlled.
  • Harvest leaves regularly – snip leaves and stems as you need them.
  • Remove flower heads as they appear to help prolong the harvest season.
  • Water regularly as mint thrives in moist conditions. 
  • For mint growing in the garden, prune heavily two or three times per year to keep it under control.

Mint varieties

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Curled Mint
A person picks mint leaves of a mint plant on a shelf

How to use mint

Use fresh mint in salads, sauces, curries and soups, or when cooking vegetables like peas or new potatoes. Mint is also great in cocktails (think mint julep and mojitos) and can be used to make tea.

Mint leaves can also be preserved by freezing or drying.

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