In all the herbs, mint is super easy to grow. You don’t need to be an expert for this. It can be grown both in container and grounds. Most of the gardeners prefer to plant mint in containers to save land space as it covers patches aggressively. But if you plant it with precaution, it can become an excellent ground cover. In this article, you’ll learn how you can plant a fragrant mint bed without letting it spread in unwanted parts in your garden.
Ever pass a field where mint is growing, heavenly breeze waft from it, refreshing and mood booster? Grow a mint bed in your garden and enjoy its fruity-lemony odor.
Tips before Planting
- Find an enclosed separate space in your garden to create a mint bed; raised beds of 6 inches height are perfect for this.
- If you are not growing it in a raised bed, wrap its spreading by lot of mulching around it or plant it in a confined space.
- Mint spreads vigorously it’s highly advisable to restrict its area, planting it in flower beds or vegetable patches is not a good idea as it’ll soak the nutrition in soil and invade your garden like a weed.
Pick a Spot
A weed-free spot, rich with organic content and compost in soil that receive full sun, but shade in the afternoon is ideal for healthy growth. Pick an open windy area where you can sit by to enjoy the aroma when the wind blows through it.
Grow mint from cuttings or buy a plant or two from a nursery instead of sowing seeds (growing mint from seed is difficult). Mint is hardy perennial in Zone 3-11, comes in varieties for every zone and climate, so choose accordingly.
*Spring is the best season to grow it in colder parts.
There are many types of mint varieties you can choose from. For colder parts peppermint, orange mint and apple mint are perfect. Pineapple mint and spearmint grows better in subtropics and tropics, other popular varieties are chocolate mint and lemon mint.
Do regular watering, mint hates getting dried and loves moist soil. Pinch to make it bushier and remove flowers to extend its growing time. Occasional fertilizer in a month is enough.
You can harvest mint leaves at any stage and use it in making mint tea, in salads, with yogurt and in a lot of cuisines.
Raise a mint bed in your garden in a confined space; you’ll love its fragrance. You can also make an herbal lawn of mint (needs regular mowing) so when you walk over it, it’ll release the fragrance.