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Mint: Info & Care

Growing Mint:
Mint is extremely variable from seed, so choose a plant
Mint will grow in partial shade or full sun
Look out! Mint’s roots, which are “runners,” are incredibly invasive and can overtake a flower bed or garden in no time.

• When planting in a bed, to contain and limit mint from spreading, grow in a bottomless container at least 15” deep and sunk into the ground, with 1-2” of the container protruding above the soil surface.
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• Plant in a container and keep it moist (don’t let it dry out). Fertilize every few weeks, especially if you harvest frequently.
• Lift and replant every 3-4 years to keep your patch’s flavor and scent strong

Harvesting Mint:
Harvest mint sprigs before the plant flowers
To extend the harvesting season, pinch off the flower buds
If you don’t harvest your mint regularly, it will benefit from a good shearing mid-season. Cut back the plants 1/3 to 1/2” to encourage new growth. If you have a lot of mint, do small batches at a time so that you can continue to cut. All the cuttings can be used, fresh, dried or frozen.