Mint has one of the most pleasant and refreshing fragrances. When you rub the leaves, the aroma is released.
However, it is very invasive. It spreads like wildfire and will quickly overtake other plants. I would recommend a container unless you are trying to fill in a specific area. Fortunately, it does very well in containers.
Soil – It loves rich soil. I combine Miracle-Gro potting soil with fertilizer with rich composted soil at a 50:50 ratio.
Water – Water frequently and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Don’t let the soil dry out between waterings.
Sun – It likes full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Fertilizer – I re-pot mine in the spring using Miracle -Gro potting soil with 6 months of slow release fertilizer. This is all I’ve ever had to do.
This plant is hardy and requires very little care. Making sure it gets enough water is really the only daily need.
It is important to cut mint frequently. I cut my mint back three to four times a season. It regenerates very quickly and each time is lusher than the last. I like to hang my cuttings to dry and store the dried mint in a glass jar. The leaves release oils so when it’s “dried”, the leaves still have oil on them. The smell increases in intensity when it’s dried which makes it perfect for aromatherapy or in a sachet.
When it comes to using mint with food, I always use fresh mint leaves. It is wonderful in ice or hot tea and as a complement to melons and sherbet. Try putting a mint leaf in your mouth and then take a taste of cantaloupe or honeydew. It enhances the taste of the melon. The flavor explodes in your mouth.
A wonderful addition to any herb garden.