Fresh mint brightens, cools, and refreshes everything from salads and pastas to beverages including simple mint water. Mint is popular in Middle Eastern dishes, such as tabouli.

Plant mint in the spring. Many gardeners prefer to plant mint in containers because it is a fast growing, spreading plant that can take over in the garden.

Planting Instructions: Plant in containers or in a separate area where you can control mint’s growth. Mints are vigorous perennials that thrive in a light, moist but well-drained soil with a pH of 6.1 to 7.0. If planting outside, space plants 18” inches apart. For maintaining mint in containers, top dress plants with a thin layer of compost or organic fertilizer every few months and water regularly.

Light Preference: Sun to part shade

Harvest: Once established, mint benefits from regular picking.