Mint can be grown in containers, in the ground or in various sections of your yard.
I have a dog kennel and find that when I planted the garden mint on the exterior of the kennels that the mint controlled the dog odors and also repelled fleas and ticks. If you have a large yard I would recommend growing the mint in the ground, however if you have a small yard or live in an apartment then grow mint in a container and set it in a sunny location or grow under a light.
Benefits of Garden Mint
- Peppermint is a natural remedy for indigestion, heartburn, headache, and will help to reduce inflammation causes by acne. If you plant a mixture of peppermint, spearmint and apple mint in sections in your yard these fragrant herbs will repel mosquitoes and other flying insects.
- Other uses for mint would be to add it ice tea, brew medicinal herbal tea, garnish foods with mint, make mint jelly, or antibacterial soap. Growing garden mint is easy and it will provide you with years of fragrant flowers and leaves.
- Garden mints have a delicious scent and flavor. When planning your mint garden choose mint that appeals to your senses.
Here are a few of my favorite garden mints. Buy seed packets of mint at Walmart.com Ebay.com Parkseed.com or Gurneys.com. for garden seeds. Start seeds indoors and then transplant after danger of frost has past.
Berries and Cream Mint
- Watch the soil so that it does not dry out. Garden mint prefers evenly moist soil that is well drained. It will die if the soil is overly wet.
- Keep roots cool by adding a pine bark mulch or leaf mulch around the garden mint.
- Mint will bloom in mid to late summer
- Divide and transplant in the spring to prevent overcrowding.
- Watch for rust; patches of orange red on the back of the leaves. Remove all rust infected plants and get rid of them. Watering mint in evening will cause rust so don’t do it.