Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Grow Mint - Our Featured Herb of the Week

Mint is one of the easiest of the herbs or garden plants to grow. It is extremely winter hardy. During the summer it is so aggressive that some people plant it in a large pot in the ground so it doesn't spread to the whole garden bed.

We had an extremely harsh winter and a number of people have reported that their mint did not survive the winter. So what to do...

If the mint does not recover you will need to replace it.

There are a number of different varieties we grow: spearmint, chocolate mint, orange mint, pepper mint, and apple mint. Spearmint is the standard traditional mint, but the other mints are great in specialty dishes and drinks

Mint likes a lot of water and can be cut back hard frequently with no harm to the plant. In the wild mint grows along streams. Fertilize with fish emulsion without getting it on the foliage.

Mint can be started from stem cuttings rooted in water. Roots appear in about a week in water and can be planted into a good potting mix at that time.

We bring plants to market in jumbo 6 inch pots which are ready to start harvesting. Get one for your favorite beverage today.

Mint oil can be rubbed on the temples and forehead for a soothing headache remedy. The smell of mint is refreshing and can help you stay alert.

In addition to plants, we bring fresh mint to the farmers market and have it all season.

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