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Garden mint

Mentha sachalinensis

Mint (Eng.), Pepperment (Afr.)

Garden mint is a fast-growing spreading plant with bright green aromatic serrated leaves. Gardenmint is edible and has medicinal and cosmetic uses, and can be used to make essential oil. It is a great container plant and tolerates light frost. It can become invasive, make sure to plant it in a contained area or in a pot in the soil!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Leaves can be picked throughout the year, but they lose their best aroma once flowers appear. For the strongest flavour, harvest leaves at midday when their essential oil concentrations are strongest. Gather individual leaves or cut leafy stems.

Propagation

Cuttings
Mint can easily be grown from stem cuttings.
Seed
Sow seeds in Spring, 40-60 mm deep and thin out later.
Division
Divide the rootball in Spring or Autumn. If you want to keep a specific aroma, division is the best method, not seeds.
Rhizomes
The rhizomes will readily sprout roots and stems when replanted any time of the year.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.The essential oil is used to repel moths and rodents.
Crop rotation
Medium Feeder
Pot plant
Mint makes a good container plant. This also stops the plant from spreading too rapidly.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attracts bees and butterflies.

Geography

Origin
Japan and Russian Far East
Natural climate
Cool to temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
A common herbal remedy for indigestion, nausea, tooth- and headaches. An ingredient of shampoo and soap. It can be applied directly to the skin.
Edible
Leaves and flowers are edible and used in eg. salads, tea (especially Moroccan tea), cocktails, food, toothpaste and ice cream. Leaves can be dried or frozen or preserved in salt, sugar syrup, alcohol or oil.
Notes
Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, essential oils

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White, pink, purple
Scent
Mild

Problems

Mint is mostly resistant to pests but is vulnerable to whiteflies, blackflies, spider mites, snails, and slugs when young.

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