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- Strong, dark green leaves and pink flowers
- Excellent cool mint flavour
- Easy to grow, hardy perennial (height 60cm)
Sow: your mint seeds either indoors from March to April, in a tray or pot, covering your mint seeds lightly with compost. Putting the pot in a clear plastic bag or using a propagator will speed germination. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Seed can also be sown outdoors in the late spring. Harden off indoor grown seedlings before planting out in fertile, well drained soil, preferably in light shade, to prevent the soil drying out too quickly.
Tip: Mint is a very invasive plant, with shallow roots which reach everywhere! For this reason, gardeners are often recommended to grow mint in a pot! Alternatively, sink a relatively deep pot, with the bottom removed, into the soil before planting out your mint. This should help to contain most of the roots.
Aftercare: for mint is very minimal. Container grown plants may benefit from a mid season feed of liquid fertiliser. Other than that, water is the main requirement.
Harvest: leaves, from the top of the plant, sparingly in the first year and at any time after that. Removing the flowers as they appear will encourage the plant to go on producing leaves and extend the harvesting period through to late autumn.
Fresh or dried leaves can be used to make a herbal tea, said to aid digestion. Try adding a few leaves to the cooking water of new potatoes, or fresh peas, or making some mint sauce to serve with tender lamb. Mint is also useful as a garnish for desserts and refreshing summer drinks.
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