Easy Peasy Project – Mint Garden

Mint is an herb that has been grown for thousands of years for its medicinal properties, as a soothing tea and as a flavoring for many foods. It roots quickly in water and is easy to grow when planted in soil. It is best to plant in a container because it can become invasive in your garden.

Sources for mint for cuttings, in the grocery store, friends, gardens and nurseries.
This is a picture of a bunch mint stems that have been rooted in a plastic container
Container after 3 weeks in shade with summer heat.
Picture showing many roots after only a few weeks in water.
Roots strike (develop)  in water – ready to plant in soil.
Close up photo showing all the roots on one cutting of mint that have grown in water.
Many roots have formed on this piece of mint after 4 weeks in water.
Photo showing that roots strike along the stem of the mint cutting where it was under water
Roots strike along stem where it was under water

Separate each stem and plant in good potting soil. You can plant several in each container or individually.

Photo showing new plant in pot with gently firmed soil with suggestion to water well.
Gently firm soil around the new plant and water well.
Keep your new plants out of direct hot sun for one week and then gradually – over another week – move the plants to half day full sun for another two weeks and then to full sun. Water containers when they feel dry to touch. If they start to look wilted in full sun, give them an extra drink of water. Trimming the tops of the plants will encourage side branching. It is safe to harvest a few leaves from the little plants immediately but just two or three leaves to start. Pinch or cut the tip of the plant just above a leaf node. Download free PDF  for easy to follow illustrated directions for successfully creating your mint garden.  
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