Herb Garden- Mint
Your very own mint garden
Mint is another herb in our small herb garden, we had a habit of buying large quantities of mint from the market as we add mint to any juice we make, but we faced the same trouble of throwing most part of it after spoiling in the fridge. So it was a must herb in our herb garden. Once we went to purchase a mint plant from Diyatha Uyana, we realized there are so many varieties of mint. Apple mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemon balm, Pineapple mint, Ginger mint were few among many. We planted Apple mint, peppermint, spearmint and Lemon balm in our garden. The Apple mint and Peppermint are the most commonly used in our kitchen, as we crushed them together and add in all the fresh juices we prepare, it adds a good refresher and it helps create depth of flavour in our weekly Kombucha batch. Mint is also popular as a herbal tea and popular medicine for stomach troubles
We’ve heard a lot that mint is pretty much hard to grow in hot Colombo weather, from the stems we have given our friends were not able to grow a mint plant, so we thought its a must to give some tips of planting mint.
We must say, Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow, and you can have a collection of different varieties of mint.
It is ideal to plant mint in a small pot as this has aggressive growth and runs through the garden.
Same as other plants we tried growing mint in different places, under the growing lamps, in our kitchen windowsill, in shady areas and on direct sunlight. Direct sunlight was the best as for all the other plants. We have planted the herbs in our back balcony where the direct sunlight lasts for around 4 hours in the morning.
We used sand mixed soil with compost and cow dung and this worked very well for the plant growth. It’s important to keep the soil looser that it doesn’t retain water pockets as this can spoil the roots of the mint plant. However, it is ideal to grow the mint in pots or containers as it runs everywhere vigorously
Watering is important and should do every day, once a day on a normal sunny day is sufficient for mint, its ideal to water the plants in the morning, watering at night or evening will lead to soaking the roots in water until morning and it will spoil the roots
If your soil mixture is good then first several months you need not add anything other than water. However, as the plant grows adding fertilizer will help the process. We add Albert solution once a week and check something similar for your plants.
Pruning the mint is by your choice, if you keep pruning you can maintain the size of the plant, if not it will grow into long stems, which will look beautiful on a hanging pot. The younger leaves will give a more refreshing taste than the mature leaves.
Planting mint is very easy, you can do this from your store-bought bunch of mint. It doesn’t matter even if you have kept it in the refrigerator. Select healthy four to five stems. The length can be 3- 4 inches. Make a cut at the node(a point which the leaves are growing) of each steam, its ideal to make a cut from the node as it helps to secrete the rooting hormone. The leaves can be removed from the steam leaving two to three leaves at the top.
Fill a glass or a jar with water and dip the stems in the water about 2-3 cm deep and leave it away from direct sunlight as this will kill the plant. We used rooting powder to accelerate this process and you should see roots in a few days.
We saw roots in five days, once you see quite a number of roots, you can transfer them to a pot and leave them in the same place for few more days, and then once the plant looks healthy you can transfer them to the direct sunlight.