Peppermint can be used in just about anything and is also easy to grow. This fast spreading perennial is an essential part of any herb garden. With its pointed purple leaves and square purple stems, it is easy to identify. Add in the small pink, white, or purple flowers blooming from each stem in mid-summer, and you have a delightful combination of beauty and practicality. Peppermint can add flavor to home-made jams, sauces, or teas. It can also spice up cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, fruit salad, or any favorite recipe.
Mint leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season. It is recommended that you use scissors to clip from the top of the plant. This will promote more leaf production lower on the plant.
Mint leaves can be dried in a single layer on a tray or screen turning a couple of times the first day. Be sure they do not overlap. The leaves need to be completely dry before you put them in an airtight container. If moisture shows up in the container, lay the leaves out on a paper towel to dry more. You can also freeze them whole.
Spacing: Plant 16” to 18” apart.
Height: Grows 10” to 15” tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full to part sun.
Outstanding Features: Peppermint naturally soothes an upset stomach.
Tips: When Peppermint gets too tall and thin, cut it to the ground. After cutting, feed and water to induce fresh top growth.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers