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.
Spring – autumn
Well drained soil
All climatic zones
10-12 weeks after sowing
- 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.
- Curled Mint
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.