Mint

Mint (Mentha piperita) - Perennial

 

Plant Height

Up to 30cm/12 inches

Where to Sow

Indoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Sowing time

Indoors February/June - temperature   +16C/61F. Can be sown outdoors but germination may be slow.

How to Sow

Very thinly. Press seeds into moist  compost, then place in sealed polythene bags or cover with glass. Water from beneath. Keep compost moist but not very wet.

After Germination

Remove the glass / from the bag and grow on

Growing on -  in Pots

When 5cm/2-inches transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on- in ground

When 5cm/2-inches thin to 3 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. Once they are established with a good root system, transfer to the open ground 30cm/12 inches apart. Mint spreads rapidly - Beware!

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested anytime

Uses

Sprinkle finely chopped mint over vegetables, especially new potatoes and peas, fish, Lamb, veal and fresh fruit.