Mints are considered to be weeds by some folks because they spread so easily underground. We have found however that it is easy to keep the mints in control.
Month to Month Care for Mints
Month of April Mint – Mint can be very invasive. It is wise to plant mint in some kind of sunken container such as a bottomless number 10 can or a bottomless pail. The key is to have the barrier at least 10 inches deep; 12 inches deep is better. A five gallon pail with lots of drain holes in the bottom is perfect.
Seedlings are the best way to start mint. Plant them any time after the threat of frost has past. Set the plants one to one and one half feet apart from each other.
Mint wants no fertilizer.
Month of May Mint – Since it is such a tough plant, mint can be harvested almost as soon as it comes up in the spring. Young, tender leaves and stems have more flavor than the older ones.
Month of June Mint – Optional – Mints are easy to start from rooted cuttings. Just set the cuttings in a glass of water and roots will appear in a few weeks.
Month of July
Month of August
Month of September Mint – Optional - When the plant gets too dense for its area, September or October is a good time to divide the plant. Throw away the older woody plants and leave the newer plants for next year.
Month of October Mint – In the late fall, after your final harvest, cut back plants to the ground This eliminates overwintering sites for mint pests.
Kuchenprofi No-Mess Herb Grinding Mill
• The effortless way to chop fresh herbs; pop leaves and sprigs into the hopper, turn the crank and internal blades do the chopping
• Screw-off jar
• No exposed blades; no nicked fingers; no tired wrists
• 18/10 stainless steel hopper and lid; 6-3/4 inches high by 3-3/4 inch diameter
• Dishwasher safe
Chop fresh herbs without a knife! Simply pop leaves and sprigs into the hopper of the Kuchenprofi Herb Grinding Mill, turn the crank and internal blades do all the chopping for you, depositing evenly minced results into the screw-off jar below. No sharp blades, nicked fingers or tired wrists! Dishwasher safe 6-3/4-inch high by 3-3/4-inch diameter.