Mint is a beautiful herb that grows rapidly and should be planted in early spring.  To learn more about mint, click here.

VARIETIES: There are many varieties of mint ranging from the common peppermint to watermint.  To determine what kind of mint you should plant, click here.

CULTIVATION:

Soil preparation:  For best results find rich, moist and slightly acidic soils for planting.  Before planting apply 2 to 4 inches of composted manure and all-purpose fertilizer. For more information about soil preparation, click here. 

Planting: Mint can be planted from seed or transplants, planting directions will vary depending on the type you choose.

  • Seeds should be planted ¼ inch deep.
  • Rows should be spaced up to 2 feet apart.

Irrigation: Water 1 to 2 inches per week depending on the current temperature, avoid over watering.  To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Fertilization: Apply fertilizer in early spring while planting, and again later in the season if needed.  To learn more about fertilization, click here.

Harvest:  Begin harvesting once the plants have reached 3 to 4 inches tall.  The stems and the youngest leaves are the most flavorful.  To store mint dry in a hot shady location, then package and store for up to a year.

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Aphids, Flea Beetle and Cutworms are insects that can harm mint plants.  Anthracnose, Mint Rust and Verticillium Wilt are the common diseases found in mint plants.  To learn more about pests and diseases, click here