Growing mint in your garden

Mint is a lovely and very versatile herb. Growing mint will prove to be fun and dead easy. Simply check our tips and very soon you will harvest mint of your own.

 

How to use mint?

Mint a is highly versatile perennial, available in all sorts of varieties. Some 25 species are on the market, of which Moroccan mint and peppermint are best known. Moroccan mint tastes absolutely delicious when used as herbal tea; peppermint, of course, ensures a nice, clean breath. Moreover, mint is a wonderful herb in cookery and a firm favourite in Indian, Turkish, Greek and Arabic cuisines. Why not try it yourself, for instance in savoury dishes like curries or couscous.

 This wonderful herb refreshes hot and cold drinks too, like cocktails, and is totally indispensable in mojito's. Mint also has healing powers and is particularly helpful when experiencing digestive problems. So truly a plant with many purposes!

 

Sowing or taking cuttings

You can either sow mint or take cuttings. Should you prefer to sow mint, do so in March. However, taking cuttings is much easier. Find an offshoot on the outside of the plant and cut it off with a sharp knife, cutting straight down through the roots in the soil. Put this shoot in a pot filled with substrate, place it in a sheltered spot and water it regularly but not excessively. As soon as this shoot has grown somewhat, put it back into the garden. Mint thrives in cool (half)shade.

Caring for mint

Easygoing mint needs only very little care, but do water it regularly, particularly when it's in a pot, as pot-plants dry out very quickly, especially during warm spells.

 

Harvesting mint

Whenever you need some mint, simply pick a twig or two, or some leaves. Make sure enough twigs are left so the plant is able to grow. Mint is hardy. Although in winter it will shed all its leaves, from spring onwards you can harvest again. Severe frosts do not agree with mint in pots, so put them in your garden shed, greenhouse or cold frame.

Invasive species

Mint is a notoriously invasive species, so best not put it straight into the soil but in a pot, which will inhibit growth. If desired, simply dig the pot into the soil.