There are more than 3,500 mint species, but peppermint and spearmint are most common. Be sure to contain mint plants or they can overtake your garden.

by Kiringai EssieFebruary 4, 2011
PHOTO: Suzie's Farm/Flickr

Size: 12 to 24 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun; partial sun (especially in summer)

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week‚ÄĒneeds more moisture than most herbs, especially if planted in containers.

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil that isn’t heavily fertilized

When to plant: Direct-seed in early spring.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

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When to harvest: 60 days after planting

Produce storage: Store in plastic bags in high humidity at 40 degrees F.

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