How to Grow Mint Plants


Mint is a herb that comes in thousands of different varieties, the most popular being spearmint, peppermint and catmint. Mint has a spicy yet refreshing taste that is a great addition to food, whether it be the main course or dessert. Regardless of the mint variety, the growing requirements are essentially the same. Mint generally does well in most types of soil, but it is aggressive and can take over surrounding plants, so take special care when growing it.

Step 1

Choose an open area to plant the mint. The planting site should be at least 4 feet away from any other plants. Mint does best in areas with partial shade, but it will grow in almost any condition.

Step 2

Plant the seeds ¼ inch deep in moderately dry soil. Seeds should be planted about 1 foot apart from one another to ensure that there is plenty of room for growth.

Step 3

Water the soil so it is damp to the touch. Do not water it again until it dries out completely. It is better to have the soil a little too dry than too wet.

Step 4

Harvest the mint leaves at any time. You can cut the leaves off as you need them or wait to harvest them all at once at the end of the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Mint seeds


  • Mint
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