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Peppermint
 



Common Name:  Mint

Botanical NameMentha spp.

FamilyLabiatae

Type and Use:  Perennial herb for use in salads and teas

Location:  Sun to partial shade

Planting Dates:  Any time

Planting Methods: Plant transplants spring to fall. Mint propagates easily from stem cuttings.

Harvest Time: Anytime leaves are needed

Height: 1-3 feet

Spread: Unlimited

Spacing: 12-18 inches

Growth Habits: Aggressively spreading groundcover herb with highly aromatic
leaves. It roots at every mode. Stems are square.

Culture: Low fertilizer requirements, moist soil. Some afternoon shade is helpful. Cut back regularly to remove the flowers. Likes loose, well-draining soils. Plant mint in bottomless pots to prevent spreading.

Troubles and Solutions: A few chewing insects can be controlled with regular sprayings of Garrett Juice and the release of beneficial insects. Add potassium bicarbonate for minor disease problems.

Harvest and Storage: Cut the foliage throughout the growing season and use fresh in salads and teas. Dry and store in glass for the winter. Freeze and store in the freezer.

Notes: Best to grow mint in pots or hanging baskets.

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