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Mint plants have such a refreshing aroma + taste
It’s a popular fresh herb that’s worth growing. There are many mint varieties that have a similar flavor to other plants. Chocolate mint? Pineapple mint? Mojito mint? Peppermint?
Whether you love mint tea, using fresh mint for mojitos or like mint in your culinary cuisine, mint has many uses.
This post will cover
- Unique mint varieties
- How to grow mint
- Containing mint so it doesn’t spread
- Planting a mint rock garden bed
Mint varieties to love
The first time I grew mint it was directly sown ‘English mint’and I was disappointed. It didn’t have that refreshing minty taste I was hoping for. Later on I learned how many mint varieties there are, and some have a fresh mint taste instead of the earthy one I was experiencing. Mint varieties have a lot to do with how they taste. It’s also important to harvest before they flower for peak taste and flavor.
There are some absolutely amazing mint varieties out there!
From pineapple mint to chocolate mint, here’s a list of yummy mint varieties
- Mojito mint
- Apple mint
- Chocolate mint
- Pineapple mint
- Sweet Pear mint
- Grapefruit mint
- Korean mint
- Ginger mint
- Lemon mint
- & many many more!
Do these mints actually taste like these flavors?
These mints have that minty taste with the flavor undertones. This is natural flavor, not artificially created. There are even more mint types than I’ve listed. Check out Richters list of mints for example. I just recently came across Sunrise and Midnight Mojito mint and they have stunning pretty flowers!
Some mints are in the mint ‘family’ meaning they taste different but have similar leaf structure
- Lemon Balm
- Licorice mint
How to grow mint
Mint prefers moist soil with sun or partial shade. Loose soil will help it thrive better than clay, but it doesn’t need rich soil. Mint is a very easy going plant, in fact, mint is invasive which is why so many people don’t want to grow it! You can buy mint seeds, but they do take many weeks to grow before you can transplant them into the garden. You can also buy mint plants from your local nursery. I’ve done both, but it’s much easier to buy the plant. If you know someone who has mint in their yard, take a plant cutting and place it in water until roots start to sprout. You can then plant these propagated mint into soil.
You can grow mint in containers to keep mint contained.
If your mint is flowering and goes to seed they might scatter and end up in places you weren’t expecting even in a container. Mint can be harder to grow in containers than in the ground though. Some people struggle with this, others find mint super easy to grow. If you live in a location that’s super hot, keep your mint in partial shade.
Mint is resilient & will try to grow anywhere it can!
Mint can take over an area quickly because it spread by underground with rhizomes, and creates mint seeds after flowering that can self-sow.
In fact when we planted our herb spiral, we made the mistake of growing mint in it. 3 years later, our herb spiral looked more like a mass of lemon balm and mint! Raised beds or rocks can still help keep mint a little contained for a couple of years, but weed out the rhizomes as they come up.
A bonus to ‘weeding’ mint is that it smells amazing.
Best weeding ever!
You should harvest mint before it flower for peak flavor & taste
Mint however will keep growing the whole summer and until fall and winter. Ours gets pretty and frosty!
Planting a mint rock garden bed
I decided to plant 5 mint varieties into a rock garden bed. Within 2 years, I know this bed will be overflowing, but for now it will make a nice mint garden and I’m fine with the mint taking over this area long-term.
First I put down cardboard to suppress the grass underneath
Then I layered the rocks on the outside edge before adding organic top soil
Then I planted 5 mint varieties
Voila! A mint herb rock garden bed
Do you grow mint? What is your favorite mint?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.