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Refreshing and tasty. One plant will spawn a forest!

  • Buy as a young plant from a garden centre
  • Stick it on your windowsill and it will grow all year
  • Fantastic, refreshing scent
  • Perfect with lamb, fish, salad and peas
  • Also great in lemonade, tea, and cocktails!

Complete growing directions

  1. Mint can be grown indoors or out over the summer, and indoors all through the winter.
  2. Buy a young plant—spearmint or peppermint grow well.
  3. Place the plant in a 12 inch pot and fill below and around it with compost. Water it and place it on a sunny windowsill or in a sunny spot outside.
  4. Pick and eat the growing tips. The shoots will be ready once they are 3 or 4 inches tall.

Alternative method: mint can be grown directly in the soil in your garden, but it’s a bit more complicated as you will need to plant it in a bag to stop it spreading. (Link to Garden Organic site)

  1. The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger: poke it into the soil to test.
  2. If the soil is damp just under the surface, don't water. If it is dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to water.
  3. Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine-head watering can so you don't over-water them.
  4. It is better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.

Check out Compost Made Simple for all your composting needs and know-how.

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All about Mint

  • Plant: All year
  • Harvest: All year
  • Container: Pot
  • Location: Indoor window sill
    (alternative location: outdoor space)
  • What to sow: Plant