Friday, 20 June 2014

How to grow mint

  • Grow mint (Mentha spicata) in pots or contained in the garden and keep it clipped so its rich, green foliage forms a neat, dense mound.
  • Grow in fertile moist soil in the garden or in premium potting mix.
  • Position in sun to part shade.
  • Keep damp and liquid feed regularly.
  • To keep mint under control in the garden, plant it in a large plastic container, then plant the entire pot in the garden.
  • When choosing a location for your mint, find one where the plant will receive morning sun and partial afternoon shade.
 
  • When planting the herb in a flower bed, first submerge a mesh bag or edging to at least 20cms deep leaving the rim above ground level when potted, so the mint's fast-growing root system will be contained. Otherwise, the herb will take over your garden and lawn in an annoying weed-like fashion.
  • Harvest mint sprigs before the plant flowers.
  • To extend the harvesting season, pinch off the flowering buds as they appear.
  • If planting your mint in a garden bed, apply mulch to help keep it from spreading.
  • Locate mint plants fifteen inches apart, and thin them regularly.
  • If planting your mint indoors, locate your container where it will receive good morning light but where it will also be away from drying heating elements.
What not to do:
  • Plant mint in an open bed without first submerging a vessel that will contain the herb's wild-growing roots.
  • If planting mint in a bed using a submerged pot, be sure it's not cracked. The "runners" will find their way out and continue to spread.
 
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