Common Name: Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha spp.
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
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.