Common Name: Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita
When to Sow: Autumn and early Spring
Planting Position: Thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial afternoon shade.
Days to Germinate: 10 - 14 days
Ready to Harvest: 12-14 weeks
Lifespan: Perennial - lasts more than two years
Fertilise: Apply a liquid fertiliser a month after planting.
Did you know?
Mint stores well dried, fresh or in the freezer. Fresh mint will keep well in the fridge for 2 or 3 weeks, put your freshly picked mint in a damp paper towel and wrap loosely in cling film.
Bees and more particularly butterflies love mint flowers. Yet mosquitoes, spiders and ants are repelled by this powerful herb.
About Mint: Cool and refreshing, mint is one of the most loved and versatile herbs available. It is added to just about everything from teas, desserts, sauces confectionery, lotions, toothpaste, and so much more.
Tips for growing: Mint is a rampant grower and will take over a garden bed if not restrained. One way to contain mint is to grow in a bottomless pot and push into the ground. Or grow in pots.
Companion Plants - plant Mint with: beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, chilli peppers and capsicums, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, kale, lettuce and zucchinis. Planting mint near peas, cabbage or tomatoes will improve their health and flavour.
Warnings: Mint will take over the whole garden if not contained.