Mint is an easy to grow aromatic herb grown for its leaves. This fast growing herb spreads faster by setting runners all over the place. Mint can also be grown near a window on the kitchen counter in a window planter box. Mints are used as ground covers and companion plants. Scientific name of mint is Mentha. Here are a few tips to grow and care for mint.
Types of mints:
- Pepper mint
- Spear mint
- Chocolate mint
- Many other hybrid varieties
You can find Mints in garden centers from spring. Mint can also be started from cuttings and seeds; but seeds may take a long time to sprout. Mint can be grown outdoors once the danger of frost is over. Rooted plants can be brought outdoors around 60 degree F(16 degree C). Mint can withstand mild winter.
Choose a spot where the plant will receive morning sun and partial afternoon shade. Grow mint in a container to avoid overtaking other plants. They can become invasive if unchecked for over a period of time. Keep plants in check by harvesting leaves regularly and removing the runners.
I grew mojito mint in my garden in a windowsill planter box.
Mint thrives well in fertilized soil. They are quite hardy plants that can tolerate mild frost. Some varieties are hardy enough to tolerate the cold winter, but overwintering can be done by taking cuttings or bringing the potted plant indoors during winter.
Harvest mint leaves by pruning stems and leaves as you need. For a large harvest wait until the plant attains full maturity, but harvest them before the plant flowers. Dried leaves can be stored in any airtight container to enjoy throughout the winter.
Mint leaves can be eaten raw without being cooked. Fresh mint leaves adds good flavor to meat and vegetables. Mint can also be used to garnish or as a top dressing for salads . Mint leaves are used in cocktails (Mojito). Can also be used as sauce along with other spices. Mints are also used in making of essential oils.
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