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How to Grow Mint at Home

Updated: May 1, 2023

Growing mint at home is relatively low-maintenance, mint can be grown in a variety of settings. With proper care, it can provide you with fresh herbs for cooking or making tea for years to come.

The first record of mint was dating back 1000 BCE in the Egyptian times, where they mainly used mint for medicine purposes. Throughout time mint was introduced to many nations and used for tea, jellies and garnishes. Today, mint is generally used for many purposes but particularly toothpaste, mouthwash and sweets.

Benefits to Growing Mint:

This super herb has many benefits, for example;

  • Helping with digestion issues: Mint tea is known to help with digestion by promoting the flow of bile, which is important for breaking down fats in the body.

  • Prevent the feeling of sickness: Mint tea can help stop vomiting, and motion sickness.

  • Excellent for relieving headaches: Mint tea contains menthol, which can help relieve headaches and migraines.

  • Reducing stress and anxiety: this little plant can help reduce stress and nervousness by promoting relaxation.

  • Fighting bad breath: Mint tea can help freshen breath and fight against bad breath, that's why it's used in toothpaste and mouthwash!

  • Helps support breathing when sick : Mint tea can help soothe congestion and coughs.

Remember, although mint has many great benefits always check with a doctor if you have any long-term health problems.

So now you know why mint is good for you let's find out how to grow it at home, whether you have a garden or not. Mint can be grown in various places.

How to Grow Mint:

Mint is a fast-growing herb that can sprout up in as little as 5-7 days from seeds. Once established, mint can grow quite quickly and reach a height of up to 2-3 feet in a growing season.

Firstly you can pop your seeds in a pot with unfertilised soil or buy a Garden Patch to create the right environment for your seeds.

Choose a good location in your home or garden. Mint can grow in both full sun and partial shade, but it prefers a cooler location with some shade in the afternoon.

After you have chosen the right location, you can cover the seeds with a light amount of soil so the sun can get to the seeds.

Mint must be watered regularly to keep the soil moist, not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once a week or more frequently if the weather is hot and dry.

You can typically start harvesting mint leaves once the plant has reached a height of 6-8 inches. You can pick the leaves as needed throughout the growing season, and harvesting can also help to promote bushier growth.

Please be aware that mint can be invasive (can take over the growth space of other plants), so it's important to contain it in a pot or a designated garden area. Regular pruning (cutting/removing branches) can also help to control the plant and prevent it from becoming too leggy.

Oh and one more thing....

Watch out for pests and diseases: Mint is relatively pest-resistant, but it can be prone to certain diseases. Keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases and then cut/remove those branches.

Now enjoy growing your mint at home!

Remember growing vegetables and herbs at home helps you appreciate nature and understand our world. Instead of buying mint at the shops, growing it at home reduces your carbon footprint and promotes a sustainable lifestyle!

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