Mint - Mentha
Growing and Using

How to Grow Mint
 - Herbs

Hardy herbaceous perennial.
45cm tall, 45cm spread can be more.
Sow seed: Jan - May at 21-24C.
Full sun or semi-shade.
May need some root restriction.
Easy to propagate from rooted creeping stem sections.

Herbs:   Basil  |  Bay  |  Chives  |  Oregano  |  Parsley  |  Rosemary  |  Sage  |  Thyme  |  All

Mint can be grown from seed but it can be slow to germinate, it is best bought as small plants and split to produce more plants which is very easy to do as it produces creeping stems that root as they go.

Mint has a habit of spreading into every nook and cranny once it gets going - IF it likes your conditions, if it doesn't it can be quite sulky. The customary advice is to plant it in a bottomless bucket sunk into the ground. If you do this leave the bucket rim sticking out of the ground by an inch or two as mint spreads on the surface by stems that root where they touch the soil, by this and by shallow roots they will soon creep over a low bucket rim.

While mint produces fresh and inviting new growth it starts to look very ragged once it begins to flower in mid summer with the leaves getting spread out and holes appearing. Just as it starts to do so is the ideal time to harvest it for the freezer. Cut the stems just above ground level then strip and wash the leaves, put the leaves in a food processor with a little olive oil, blitz and freeze flat about 5-10mm thick in plastic bags. In this way they take up little space in the freezer and you can easily snap off as much as you want for use. This method keeps us in mint sauce and raita all through the winter.

If your mint strays where you don't want it just pull it up, it's not difficult, rooted stems can be potted up for easy propagation. Cut stems down to 10cm (4") above ground level in late autumn.

Use it fresh chopped finely added to cooked new potatoes with butter, in tabbouleh or chimichurri, as a fancy addition to posh drinks and in fresh mint sauce. If you like mint grow it and then find new ways you like to eat it, fresh mint is fantastic stuff. There are many types to try, applemint, spearmint, peppermint, pineapple mint, lemon mint, basil mint, eau de cologne mint, curly mint and mountain mint amongst others.


Mint harvested just before it flowers in mid summer, leaves ready to be stripped from the stems for preserving


After chopping in a processor with a little olive oil, the mint is stored in plastic bags pressed flat before freezing. This technique can be used with almost any herbs.


Mint seeds and plants to buy

Mentha requienii

Mentha requienii

£ 5.99
Mentha spicata

Mentha spicata

£ 5.99
Mentha spicata English lamb

Mentha spicata English lamb

£ 5.99
Mentha spicata Tashkent

Mentha spicata Tashkent

£ 5.99
Mentha spicata var. crispa Moroccan

Mentha spicata var. crispa Moroccan

£ 5.99
Mentha suaveolens

Mentha suaveolens

£ 5.99
Mentha suaveolens Variegata

Mentha suaveolens Variegata

£ 5.99
Mentha  piperita

Mentha piperita

£ 5.99
Mentha  piperita f. citrata Basil

Mentha piperita f. citrata Basil

£ 5.99
Mentha  piperita f. citrata Chocolate

Mentha piperita f. citrata Chocolate

£ 5.99
Mentha  piperita Strawberry

Mentha piperita Strawberry

£ 5.99
Mentha  piperita Swiss

Mentha piperita Swiss

£ 5.99
Mentha  villosa var. alopecuroides Bowles

Mentha villosa var. alopecuroides Bowles's mint

£ 5.99
Mint

Mint

£ 2.49
Mint

Mint

£ 7.99
Mint

Mint 'Garden'

£ 9.99
Mint

Mint 'Jessicas Sweet Pear'

£ 9.99
Mint

Mint 'Marokko' (Botanical Infusions Plants)

£ 7.99
Mint

Mint 'Moroccan'

£ 9.99
Mint

Mint 'Strawberry'

£ 9.99
Mint (National Trust)

Mint (National Trust)

£ 2.49



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