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Our organic mint provides an aromatic icy, cool fresh and fruity taste. These high-quality seeds can be grown easily in warm or cool weather but they mostly enjoy wet environments and moist soils. This variety also grows well even when the summers are not so hot. This mentha will grow 30-60 cm (12-24 inch) in height and can spread across an indeterminate area so keep in check.
Mentha (also known as mint) is a well-loved culinary herb that many gardeners have cultivated for the aromatic flavor it brings not only to cocktails but also to many of the main dishes and desserts. Mint is a perennial plant with tiny purple, pink, or white flowers and very fragrant pointy-toothed leaves. As well as kitchen companions, mentha is used as a garden decoration, ground cover, air freshener, and herbal medicine. Mentha has one of the food's highest antioxidant capabilities. It has been used to treat a number of health issues for decades, including gastrointestinal distress and respiratory diseases. It is also good for memory enhancement and stress relief. Occasionally mint tea is consumed to ease a sore throat. Herb contains an acid anti-inflammatory agent that has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving symptoms of seasonal allergy.
Preparation for planning mint seeds
Before you start, find a place in your garden where the plant will receive morning sun and partial afternoon shade. Choose a regular light soil with a neutral pH of 6.0-7.0 and good drainage. They prefer ideally a moist but well-drained site along stream banks, something like their native habitat.
Study your room carefully before planting and decide whether to grow mint in a container or in a separate garden area. One piece of advice here, mint spreads through a robust root system in the garden a lot, so it may be best to confine it to the balcony planters. Advanced gardeners who have dedicated garden space may consider directly planting mint on the ground.
How to grow mint
Sow indoors 8 to 10 weeks prior to the last frost, or in April to May direct sow. Put them on top of well-worked soil to sow the seeds outdoors, then sprinkle on top of them a fine layer of wood chips. If you are sowing in the garden directly, consider placing a row cover over the seeds until it sprouts.
Seeds are expected to sprout in 10-16 days. Higher temperatures can accelerate germination so find a warm place in your house. Many gardeners plant mint in spring, but mint can also be planted in autumn, particularly in Southern California, where it thrives in the colder, moister winter.
Growing mint seeds in pots
It is easy to grow and plant organic mint in a port. Look for a pot that has a diameter of at least 30 cm (12 inches) with drainage holes in the bottom. Seedlings and transplants need the same depth to be planted in the container as they grew in their previous one. Seeds are sow 0.5 cm (1/4 inch) deep and place in each container two to three seeds to ensure germination. Hold the soil moist and hold temperatures close to 21 °C (70 °F) until the seeds of the mint germinate, normally 7 to 10 days.
A place that receives 6 or more hours of daily sunshine provides enough light for lush development, while outdoor containers can tolerate some light afternoon shade. Also, you can always bring the pot indoors during the cold season to sit on a sunny windowsill. If indoors rotate the plant every 3 to 4 days. Mint plants grow in the direction of sunlight, and it helps to keep the plant from growing unevenly by rotating.
Mentha can move its roots through drainage holes and into garden soil if planted in a container that sits directly on the ground. Remember to place a tank under your mentha for true containment that is not directly on or touching any garden soil. Their roots are shallow and easy to pull out, so as long as you provide physical barriers such as walls, walkways, or containers, there is no reason to worry.
How to stop mint spreading in your garden
Raising barriers is the key to stop your mint from spreading. Container rims and regular pruning control spreading mint stems. This herb spreads above ground by growing roots from stems that touch the soil. As we said before, container rims protruding 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) 1 inch above the soil guide mint stems upward and helps prevent them from rooting.
Caring for mint
Mint does not need a great deal of care, it is undemanding. Your primary job will be to keep up with its rapid growth. Remember to keep the soil moist and ensure that any weeds are removed. We suggest providing some shade for warm-season plantings to decrease heat stress. Use light mulch for outdoor plants. This helps to keep the soil moist and clean the leaves. Make sure to water them frequently for indoor plants to keep the soil evenly moist.
Every few months, top-dress your plants with a thin layer of compost or organic fertilizer for the best growth in confined areas such as containers. In cold climates, bottom pots will need winter protection.
Pinch your organic mint to keep it bushy. Try not to let if flower and if you do see flowers, cut them off right away as this will speed up the growth.
How to harvest mint
The key to keeping organic mint plants at their best is daily harvesting. Mints enjoy picking and pruning. Young leaves have more flavor than older leaves, and mint can be picked as soon as spring comes up. Cut the stems 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) from the ground immediately before flowering. In a growing season, you can harvest one mint plant two or three times. You can also pick the leaves as you need them.
The flowers are edible so they can also be harvested and used in your favorite salads and sweets.
How to store mint
While fresh is best and sprigs can be kept in water for a few days, mint leaves may be frozen or bunches may be airdried. If you want to dry them, cut the leaves just before they bloom. Place the dried leaves in an airtight container.
Mint companion plants
Mint attracts earthworms, hoverflies, and predatory wasps and repels moths from cabbage, aphids, and beetles from fleas. Carrots are another plant companion for mint and mint discourages carrot root fly. Mint's pungent scent confuses the insect which seeks its smelling meal. It is the same with onion flies. The flies will be baffled by planting mint next to onions. As the organic mint scent deters aphids and other pests, tomatoes also benefit from planting mentha close to them. Talking of aphids, you will also repel these insects by planting mint near your prize roses. Other plan companions to mint include beets, lettuce, peas, squash, eggplant, chili or bell peppers, legumes, and Brussels sprouts.
Mint is invasive, so cut your herb regularly when is next to Brassicas or restrain it in containers around your vegetable garden. Do not plant near your parsley, strawberries, and chamomile. Though looking good avoid planting mint in a single container with lavender, rosemary, sage, and thyme, as these herbs prefer dry-down soil and sunny spots.
- Planting seasondirect sow in April to May
- Number of seeds1 seed in each spot
- Depth0.5 cm (1/4 inch) deep
- Days to maturity65-70 days
- Row spacing45-60 cm (18-24 inch) apart
- In-row spacing20 cm (7 inch) apart
- Sunlight6 hours of sun with parts of shade
- Watering3-5 times a week
- Harvesting85 to 90 days from sowing
- PlantOrganic Mint
- Planted on
- First seedlings date
- First harvest date