Mint: The Herb of Hospitality

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

The Mentha species or mints as they are commonly called include many varieties that flavour everything from appetizers to desserts. The best-known species in North American are peppermint (M. x piperita) and spearmint (M. spicata), which are highly valued for commercial use. Mint symbolises "hospitality" and can be grown in pots , Landscaping - Maintaining A Landscaped Garden and containers indoors , Free Landscaping Ideas - How To Correctly Plant a Tree and out. In the garden, , Patio Design - Add Awnings As A Colorful Finish For Your Patio Design mint should be grown with a barrier around the roots, , Automate Your Lawn Work as it can be extremely invasive. Most mints do not come true from seed , Care and Repair of Garden Tools so it is best to purchase plants , Bonsai Care: What You Need to Know from a nursery or garden , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System centre. Fresh mints are a source of Vitamin C and pro-vitamin A.

Peppermint and spearmint are perennials , The Beauty of Basil growing 12 - 36 inches (30 - 90 cm) tall although some mints are ground hugging. Produced at the end of square stems, terminal spikes of dainty lilac, purple, pink, , Free Landscaping Ideas - How To Correctly Plant a Tree or white flowers , Landscaping Tips: 6 Basic Steps To Building A Garden Pond usually bloom in mid-to-late summer. , Garden Ponds Cultivation requirements for growing , Gardening Tips For the Beginner mint: grows , Garden Ponds best in moist, deep, loosely textured sandy soil; full sun , Problems With Peonies? but will do well in partial shade; keep well watered; pinch off flowers , Henry Doubleday Research Association to promote bushy growth; and if growing indoors, , The Garden Gazebo fertilise with an organic , William Baffin Climbing Rose fertiliser at half-strength every 3 or 4 weeks. Where winters , Design Your Own Rose Garden are harsh, mulch with straw , Problems With Peonies? or leaves to protect your plants. , The Garden Gazebo

Mints have creeping roots , Cheap Pond Liners that require sufficient room , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System to develop. When establishing indoor plants, , Landscaping Tips: 6 Basic Steps To Building A Garden Pond pot , The Beauty of Basil up in good houseplant soil , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long and sufficiently large containers to accommodate their root , Gardening Tips For the Beginner system. To bring indoors , Flowers for the winter, , Low Cost Home Landscaping Tips check for insects, and spray with soap and water , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather if necessary. To harvest and prevent indoor plants , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up from getting scraggly, keep the stems cut back to 5 inches (13 cm). This will also keep the plants , Development Stages Of Electric Lawnmowers from blooming and ensure tastier leaves.

Indoor mints require at least 5 hours of strong sunlight daily. Grow , Gardening Tips For the Beginner them on a southern or eastern exposure. If you are growing , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs them on a windowsill, rotate regularly to ensure each side receives equal amounts of light. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (part 19) Soil Based Better yet, grow , Skip The Pesticide And Use Natural Alternatives them under fluorescent lights , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities hung 6 inches (15 cm) above the plants , Care and Repair of Garden Tools and leave on for 14 hours a day.

In the garden, , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long mint is a good companion to cabbage and tomatoes. , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up Mint deters cabbageworms and spearmint may help keep aphids off nearby plants. , Cat Repellent or How to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden Mints attract bees so planting them near fruit trees , Improve Your Yard and Garden With an ATV Plow will improve pollination and increase yields. Add fresh mint leaves to water , Gardening - What are Annuals and Biennials? in the birdbath to keep the water , How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI attractive for birds. , Planting a Garden Pond In the kitchen, , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs use mint with roast lamb or fish, , Design Your Own Rose Garden butter, salads, , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System cheese, fruits, , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum fruit , Flowers salads, jellies, soups, sauces, plain meats, poultry, stews, sweet dishes, teas, bean and lentil dishes. Add fresh sprigs to cooking water , Step by Step Pruning for New Gardeners - Part I of peas, carrots, fresh beets, new potatoes, and in vinegar. Mint flowers , Problems With Peonies? can be used in salads , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System as well as garnishes for desserts. In Middle Eastern dishes, mint is used for cheese pastry fillings, yoghurt dressings, and stuffings for vegetables , Cultivating Plants In Your Garden...What To Watch Out For such as bell peppers, , Cat Repellent or How to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden tomatoes, , Landscaping 101 and eggplant. Mint tea is useful for soothing upset stomachs. To brew a cup, use 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried leaves or 3 teaspoons (15 mL) crushed fresh leaves in 1 cup (250 mL) of boiling water. , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know Steep to taste. Mint can be dried or freeze leaves in butter, oil, or ice cubes.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Cultivating Plants In Your ...What To Watch Out For consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Care and Repair of Garden Tools Of Peace - Gardening , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs For The Soil, , Patio Design - Add Awnings As A Colorful Finish For Your Patio Design Gardening , Development Stages Of Electric Lawnmowers For The Soul and the booklet Non-toxic Alternatives For Everyday Cleaning And Gardening , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum Products. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Step by Step Pruning for New ers - Part I where you will find lots of free information , Care and Repair of Garden Tools about gardening , Landscaping Tips: 6 Basic Steps To Building A Garden Pond for the soil , The Not So Common Day Lily and gardening , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor for the soul. To find out more about the books and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca

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