Growing Herbs & Spices: Mint

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Mint is a common herb to grow, due to its many applications such as in food, drink or fragrance. Learn how to grow and cultivate mint with help from a registered herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an herbalist and an herb grower. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to grow mint. Mint is one of the more unique herbs to grow because it has a little bit more tolerance for different types of soil as well as different amounts of water and light than many of our other culinary herbs and of course theres many different types of mints that you can grow. There's everything from lemon balm to spearmint, peppermint and just good old mint. This is a wonderful herb to add into your teas and into a variety of different dishes. So for me I like to make sure that I start with well drained rich soil and mint likes to spread so I'll often times either keep it in a pot if I'm going to put it into the ground in a garden I'm going to make sure that I put some sort of a barrier at least a foot into the ground. So you can use anything from building tiles to rocks or get a good piece of sheet metal or something that you can go ahead and dig into the plot that you're going to use specifically for the mint as you can assume that if it's doing well, it's going to spread. So the nice thing about all of your different mints is they can tolerate a little bit more shade than most of your other mints so we can go anywhere from part shade to full sun, again depending on where you are. Here in the South sometimes we have a hard time putting our mints in full sun. It can be a little bit too much and they like a little bit more water than most of your other culinary herbs. So you can really water your mint in a little bit better. So this is Bob Linde, talking to you about different ways that you can grow mint both indoors and outdoors. Please enjoy your mint.


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