Growing mint and strawberries at home benefits the avid gardener or chef with a delicious harvest and aesthetic beauty. Strawberries and mint can be incorporated into culinary dishes, medicinal properties and decor. Although both of these plants can be grown with simple materials, it is important to understand that they each need proper placement, soil preparation and specific care.
Purchase your mint plants from a nursery. Transplants are the easiest way to grow mint. Popular mint varieties include spearmint, apple mint and chocolate mint.
Prepare the planting soil. The planting location should be in full sun in loosened soil. Mix in equal parts of compost to make it extra fertile. The soil should also be well-draining and always kept moist.
Space the small mint transplants about one foot apart. Mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture.
Water mints about every two days to keep the soil consistently moist.
Obtain strawberry transplants from a local nursery. The planting site needs to have full sun and great drainage, ideally a south-facing slope. You can also plant strawberries in containers if your soil is not of good quality.
Till the planting sit about one foot deep. Remove any dirt clods, roots, weeds and grass. Thoroughly work in equal parts compost to enrich the soil, which needs to have a pH of about 5.5 to 6.5, or slightly acidic.
Dig a hole for each strawberry transplant that is about six inches in diameter and deep enough to fit the transplant. Place the plant into the hole with the crown a little above ground level. Tap the soil in around the roots to cover them.
Set the transplants 12 inches apart on all sides.
Water the plants with about one inch of water per week. Mulch around the base of the strawberry plants to discourage weeds and increase water retention.
Things You Will Need
- Mint transplants
- Mint transplants
- Planter containers, if necessary
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