(Mentheae) – Mint (Garden)


Mint is a hardy easy to grow perennial, it is very beneficial in the garden where it is a food source for hoverflies and butterflies.


Garden mint is very vigorous and can become invasive so it is best to plant it in a container in well-drained fertile soil, it dislikes waterlogged soils. Trim as necessary to keep it in check.

Harvest as and when you need to, allowing some stems to bear flowers for pollinators. Cut back to ground level in autumn and mulch with well-rotted compost annually.

In the kitchen

Mint leaves are wonderful infused in hot water to make a refreshing tea, chopped and added to many dishes, or used to make mint sauce (a classic addition to roast lamb).

9 cm pot

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