Mint has always been present in our daily lives. Just think about it: for one thing, most of us brush our teeth with mint-flavored toothpaste every morning and evening. Mint is a fresh, clean scent, and it’s one of the most refreshing plants out there.
It’s also one of the easiest to grow. Mint is a hardy plant, capable of thriving both indoors and out. Full-on gardening can be hard, but what’s nice about mint is how hands-off it is. Even harvesting is simple—you just pinch off what you need, and leave the rest to grow. Best of all, it’s edible!
Mint is an excellent herb for cooking, whether you want to drop a couple leaves in your tea or use it to season a leg of lamb. You can cook simply or extravagantly with mint, or not cook at all. Mint is an excellent natural remedy for stomach pain, and it even makes a great natural cleaning agent.
To learn how to grow, harvest, and use your own mint plant, check out this article by Rodale’s Organic Life:
Mint: A Growing Guide
All mints prefer a cool, moist spot in partial shade but will also grow in full sun. Mint is extremely variable from seed. Instead, order plants from a reputable source, or visit a nursery to find plants whose flavor and aroma appeal to you. One plant of each cultivar you select will soon provide more than enough mint for home use—the big problem is to keep them from overrunning all neighboring plants. To avoid this, plant mints in bottomless containers that are at least 15 inches deep and sunk in the ground with one or two inches protruding above the soil surface, or plant above the ground in tubs and barrels.Harvesting
Snip leaves or sprigs as needed. To harvest in quantity, cut stems to within an inch or so above the ground. You can make several harvests, depending on the length of the season. Hang mint in loose bunches to air dry, dry individual leaves on a tray in a food dehydrator, or freeze in self-sealing bags.Uses
Enjoy aromatic mint teas hot or iced. Peppermint tea, a centuries-old remedy, can calm an upset stomach. Add chopped fresh leaves to lamb, rice, salads, or cooked vegetables. Corsican mint is an attractive creeper, good between paving stones or in the rock garden.