Mint is a perennial herb that includes peppermint, spearmint, apple mint and pineapple mint. It can grow up to 2 feet tall. The scent from mint is released when the leaves are brushed or bruised. Mint is primarily used to flavor and garnish food and is a rapidly growing herb that can withstand temperatures to minus 20 degrees F. Mint likes rich, moist soil.
Dig up your planting area located in full sunlight with a shovel and loosen the soil to the depth of 6 inches. Break up any soil clumps and remove any large rocks. Mint also can tolerate areas of partial shade.
Spread organic materials like steer manure or compost to the depth of 2 inches over the area. Work the compost throughout the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Do not dump the compost in a hole and bury it. It should be mixed into the soil so there is no distinction between compost and soil.
Level out the soil with a rake and do not compact the soil. The fine mint seeds need loose soil to thrive.
Sprinkle the seeds evenly across the top of the soil, covering over the seeds with 1/4-inch of peat moss. This will keep the top of the soil lightweight so the germinating seeds can push the soil aside.
Use a spray bottle and mist the planting area thoroughly with water. Using a hose will move the seeds around too much. Do not pool the water as the seeds will float away.
Thin the seedlings once they emerge and are 2 inches tall. Pull up the seedlings by hand if they are too close together. Mint seedlings can be spaced 1/2-inch from each other.