How to Plant Mint

Overview

Mint is an easy-to-grow perennial herb that has many uses. Its strong scent and flavor make it a favorite for many teas and other recipes. There are many varieties of mint, including peppermint, spearmint, orange mint and chocolate mint. Mint's hardiness makes it a great choice for beginning gardeners. It will grow in full sun or part shade and thrives in a rich, moist soil. It will even grow in heavier, clay soils but the plants will be smaller but still fragrant.

Step 1

Fill small pots or containers with a rich soil. Plant your mint transplants in the soil so that the roots are covered. Planting your mint into small pots before putting it into your garden will help keep it contained and prevent it from taking over your garden.

Step 2

Dig a hole in your garden that is large enough to plant the containers in. Insert the containers into the hole so that the rims are level with the top of the soil. Fill in any extra space around the pots with soil, and pat down. Place plants about 2 feet apart.

Step 3

Water the plants and keep moist until they are established.

Step 4

Harvest your mint by pinching the small leaves off the tops of the stems. When it begins to flower, cut back the flowers so that it will continue to grow.

Tips and Warnings

  • Mint is a vigorous spreader and will spread deep under the soil, even under fences and garden borders.

Things You'll Need

  • Mint plants
  • Pots 6" or larger with drainage holes
  • Small shovel or spade
  • Potting soil

References

  • Everybody Can Grow Mint
  • Mint
  • Hints for Growing Mint
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Tracey Bleakley has been writing for the last year. She has had numerous education articles published on both eHow.com and Brighthub.com. She has 10 years experience as an elementary school teacher. Bleakley received her Bachelor of Science in education with a specialization in reading from the University of Texas at Austin.