How to Grow Peppermint | Guide to Growing Peppermint

How to Grow Peppermint | Guide to Growing Peppermint  



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If you decide to grow peppermint, you will find that there are many uses for your plant. Peppermint makes an excellent tea, and adds flavor to many foods. It is also very good for digestive problems. The oil from the peppermint plant can be rubbed on your forehead and temples to relieve a headache. Your peppermint plants will make a nice addition to your herb garden. Read on to learn how to grow peppermint.

Choose a location that is partly sunny and partly shady, and prep the soil.

Sow the peppermint seeds approximately 1/2-to 1/8-inch deep, anytime from May through July.

Keep the soil moist but not wet constantly.

Thin the plants when they are approximately 2 inches high.

Transplant the seedlings about 12 inches apart.

Harvest the peppermint when the plants are about 12 inches tall. Pick the larger outside leaves as the plant grows to encourage more leaf growth.

Mint can be terribly invasive, particularly in rich, moist soil. To keep it from overtaking your yard, confine it to a bed with edging of metal or plastic. Bury edging to a depth of 14 inches around the perimeter of the mint patch, or simply grow the plants it in pots.

A single plant is plenty for a small garden, as it will quickly spread to fill its allotted space. Choose a sunny location with moderately fertile, humusy soil. Use a light mulch to retain moisture and keep leaves clean.


Harvesting Guide
Once plants are growing vigorously, you can harvest young or mature leaves. Don’t be afraid to cut the plants back frequently to promote fresh growth. Rusty spots on leaves indicate a fungal infection; pick and destroy blemished leaves and propagate new plants from uninfected cuttings to cultivate in a new location. You can dry mint leaves on trays or by hanging bunched branches upside down in a warm, dark, well-ventilated area, such as an airy attic or outbuilding. Fresh leaves are easy to freeze too.




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