Herbscaping - Corralling Mint
Mint is the absolute easiest thing to grow in your garden, but many of us donít realize just how useful mint can be. Besides spearmint and peppermint, you can get mint in a variety of flavors like chocolate, apple, and orange, and use them as garnish, ingredient, decoration, and more.
Mint is a fast-growing, easily-spreading plant, so you either have to give them a good bit of space or plant them in a pot. It makes a lovely ground cover, and if you plant them directly in the ground, thereís the added benefit of your air smelling sweet when you step on it and it releases its sweet scent. Itís an easy and vigorous plant, but a little fertilizer can make all the difference, especially if you plan on harvesting often. Make sure you use a vegetable food that is low in salt so as to avoid brown leaf tips, and keep your soil moist and well-mulched- plants tend to die back in dry soil.
Whichever types of mint you plant be sure to keep them well-identified so youíll be adding the right flavor to each of your projects. Hereís how.
- Choose several varieties of mint and pots with corresponding color (green for spearmint, red for apple, orange for orange and brown for chocolate).
- Plant the mini-transplants in their corresponding pots with humus-rich soil and add a water-retaining polymer. Place it in the sun, but keep the soil moist.
- Harvest the tips regularly and pull up wayward runners. Trim the mintís small flowers before the buds open to keep your plant compact, and replant every 3-4 years.
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