The Many Marvelous Things About Mint
Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor gardener, or even both, you’re probably always looking for the best plants to incorporate into your space, big or small. The ideal choice for most gardeners would be something that’s adaptable, easy to care for, aesthetically pleasing and maybe even useful in a number of ways! We know, that’s a lot of boxes to check off, but many herbs and spices hit the mark on every single one -- one of the most useful of which, is mint!
This small plant can do big things; between being used as natural pest control, medicine, and a culinary ingredient, the marvelous mint does it all!
Adaptable & Easy to Care For
Mint can be grown indoors or outdoors, in a small or large container or space. Outdoors, it will grow, and grow, and grow some more, as much as you let it! It will spread and bush out to yield a high volume of leaves for you to harvest! Indoors, it can be kept in a small container which is great for a small space or spice garden in your windowsill.
Additionally, mint isn’t too picky about it’s growing conditions, as long as it’s soil stays consistently moist.You’ll want to water your plant only when the top inch of soil is dry to avoid soggy roots (so about once per week!). Mint can thrive in full sun to partial shade, so it will be fine in your sunny garden, or a windowsill or counter top near a window.
Natural Pest Control & Pollinator Attractant
Mint is a master at attracting beneficial insects while repelling the bad ones! The sweet, minty aroma is a magnet for honey bees and hover flies (hover flies eat aphids). However, those “bad bugs” that no one wants in their home and garden, can’t stand the smell! Some well-hated pests that mint repels are house flies, cabbage moths, ants, aphids, squash bugs, fleas and mosquitoes. This makes mint an excellent choice for your veggie garden to fight those veggie eating pests and mosquitoes, or place it on a windowsill to keep the flies and ants at bay! You can even make your own bug spray with fresh mint leaves that will keep you bite free without the harsh chemicals or smell. You can see our blog on natural pesticides here!
Medicinal & Healthy Living Uses
Around the world, mint is used in medicine and home remedies to cure common illnesses. This miracle plant can be used as a digestive aid or to alleviate nausea, headaches and even seasonal allergies! To utilize this plant’s superpowers you can incorporate mint into your diet (mint tea is often used to settle upset stomachs), chew on the leaves (for headaches, and fresh breath too!) or use the leaves in a warm bath, to open your sinuses.
From a classic dish like Lamb and Mint Jelly, to more contemporary uses like Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mojitos, this herb has hundreds of uses in the kitchen! Mint can be used in hot or iced tea, pesto, cocktails, desserts and even as an elegant garnish. Adding mint to a number of foods can bring out a bright and unique flavor in your cuisine, but did you know that not all mint is created equal? There are many different varieties out there, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, etcetera. While peppermint is strong, sweet and minty, spearmint is a little less bold and has more of a classic, light and bright minty flavor.Chocolate mint, though it gets its name from its minty chocolate aroma, doesn’t actually taste like chocolate at all-- in fact, it mostly resembles an orange-citrus flavor which coincidentally, pairs very well with chocolate!
We’ve included some links to some of our favorite minty recipes for you to try out!
As you can see, there are so many reasons to grow mint-- for the health of you, your home, and garden! So clear a space in your spice garden, because mint is a must!