Growing Mint

Growing Mint in PotsMint is a lovely aromatic herb, and the fresh mint scent that you get when you pick the leaves is wonderful.  Mint leaves are regularly used in sauces, cooked with vegetables (think the classic mint and new potatoes), used as a garnish, or added to drinks and salads. It is a perennial plant which is extremely easy to grow, in fact so easy that it can often become invasive if it is not contained! For these reasons, mint is an absolute must for the kitchen garden. There are lots of different types of mint that you can grow, including peppermint, spearmint, ginger mint, lemon mint, basil mint and curly mint. The most common and widely used mint is spearmint, which is also known as Garden mint and common mint. Both spearmint and peppermint make delicious fresh mint tea.

  • When to Plant MintSow under cover in 8cm (3in) pots February to April
  • Or take root cuttings anytime during the growing season
  • Transplant into larger pots when the plants are about 10cm (4in) tall
  • If transplanting into the soil, restrict growth by sinking a pot or old  bucket into the ground
  • Plant in partial shade where the soil is moist
  • Pick leaves throughout the growing season

Mint Varieties

Peppermint – excellent for sweet and savoury dishes, makes very good tea
Garden Mint – spearmint seeds, leaves are excellent with lamb and new potatoes
Apple mint – tall vigorous growth, more subtle mint flavour so good in cooking

Should you wish to try something a little different, you can also get chocolate mint and pineapple mint.

Growing Mint

1. Growing Mint – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Planting Mint – How and when to plant mint
3. Freezing Mint and Mint Tea – How to freeze mint and make delicious mint tea
4. Mint Growing Tips – Some tips to help you grow mint
5. Mint Problems, Pests and Diseases – Help is at hand if your plants aren’t in mint condition
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