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 Dani Yokhna
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—needs 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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