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Mint is such a versatile herb. Its fresh green leaves add a tangy punch to both sweet and savoury dishes. Once you plant it, mint becomes a constant garden companion. Mint can spread “too well” in the garden via underground stems, so unless you have space for it to ramble in your garden, grow it in a pot or tub.

How to grow mint in a garden

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide. Position in a partly shaded spot and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  2. Fill starter trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sprinkle seeds over mix, lightly cover and gently water. Keep the soil moist throughout germination. 
  3. Once seedlings reach 5-6cm tall, fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Transplant seedlings into pot and water in well with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  4.  Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development and good leafy growth. Snip leaves and stems as you need them, removing any flower heads to help prolong the harvest season. Water regularly as mint thrives in moist conditions. 

     
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How to grow mint in a pot

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a partly shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Allow seedlings to grow to about 5-6cm before transplanting.
  4. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 45cm apart. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
  5. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development and good leafy growth. Snip leaves and stems as you need them, removing any flower heads to help prolong the harvest season. Water regularly as mint thrives in moist conditions.

Yates varieties

Mint Mix

A selection of Spearmint, Curled Mint and Peppermint, each bringing a subtle and unique flavour to any meat or cooked dish.


Growing tips

  • Cut the leaves and flower tops when the plants start to bloom. 
  • Use fresh leaves immediately, or freeze them to help retain their bright colour.

 


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