How to grow mint
It really doesn’t matter if you have a large garden or a container garden. Mint is one of those plants which thrives and which will survive being in a tub. The advantages of this are manyfold, since mint will grow rampant if you let it, and may just drown out all those other herbs you nurtured so carefully. Growing mint from seed is chancy and you will get better results buying small plants from a garden center.
Choice of appropriate site.
Mint is a hardy perennial. It likes partial shade and the joys of potting mint, as opposed to setting this into a garden plan is that you take control. Mint will overgrow, and if you decide you would like in the garden, it is wise to isolate its growth by using a barrier under the soil to stop the roots from spreading. It is actually easier to pot mint rather than using the ground, since it will invade plants which are grown in the immediate vicinity.
Although mint is a plant which is not too fussy, it does prefer a slightly acid soil. You can add richness to the soil with compost before planting to ensure a great crop. The soil should be well dug and drained, so that it is easy to plant. For those choosing to plant in a pot, a good quality all purpose soil would be the best, since this is not too rich for the mint.
Buying your plants.
Look through the garden center for different varieties. The advantage of this is that you can mix varieties for different taste factors. Often some of the mint plants make better choices for new potato dishes, while more subtle blends are used for during the cooking process. The way to tell the best ones is to rub the leaf between your fingers and smell the aroma. This is pretty true to form and gives you an idea of what to expect of that plant. The ideal time to plant is the Spring.
A small hole, large enough to take the roots is sufficient when planting the mint. If you have several plants or varieties, space these out by about 15 inches, giving them room to grow. Place the plant into the hole, and push excess earth around the plant to firmly bed it into the soil.
Water the plants immediately after planting with a fine spray of water. In the summer months, if you have exceedingly dry weather, choose early evening to water the plants, after the sun has gone down, to save harming the foliage.
Mint can be harvested at any time while there are green leaves on the plant. This is the ideal harvest time, and before the winter months, harvest what is left of the greenery, and make this into mint sauce so that you have sufficient mint for the winter months. This can also be dried in a microwave and kept as a dry herb for culinary purposes.