Divisions & Cuttings
21 Days 60-70f
Rich Well Drained
DAYS OF HARVEST
Mint can be terribly invasive, particularly in rich, moist soil. To keep it from overtaking your yard, confine it to a bed with edging of metal or plastic. Bury edging to a depth of 14 inches around the perimeter of the mint patch, or simply grow the plants it in pots.
A single plant is plenty for a small garden, as it will quickly spread to fill its allotted space. Choose a sunny location with moderately fertile, humusy soil. Use a light mulch to retain moisture and keep leaves clean.
Once plants are growing vigorously, you can harvest young or mature leaves. Don’t be afraid to cut the plants back frequently to promote fresh growth. Rusty spots on leaves indicate a fungal infection; pick and destroy blemished leaves and propagate new plants from uninfected cuttings to cultivate in a new location. You can dry mint leaves on trays or by hanging bunched branches upside down in a warm, dark, well-ventilated area, such as an airy attic or outbuilding. Fresh leaves are easy to freeze too.
After the plants have finished blooming, leave a few flowers on the plant until they turn brown. Snip the flowers off with a pair of scissors and place them in a paper bag to allow them to dry out. Leave the paper bag in a cool, dry place for about two weeks. Remove the dried mint flowers from the paper bag and crush the flowers with your hands to release the seeds.
Gently blow to remove the debris, and you’ll be left with the mint seeds. Use a small envelope to store the seeds, making sure to write the date and type of seeds on the front of the envelope. Place the mint seeds in the envelope, and store it in a dry, cool spot. You can also place the seed envelope in the refrigerator, which will help the seeds stay viable for longer.
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