Greek mythology says that the mint plant started life as the beautiful nymphe named Minthe who was the secret lover of Hades. When his wife found out however , she was not happy, stomped on her and turned Minthe into a plant. The only saving grace that Hades could do was bestow on her that every time the plant would be crushed it would release a sweet, strong fragrance. Whether that’s true or not, what we do know is that mint has been a popular herb for thousands of years and it’s not going to stop now.
Mint can be used in sauces, in infusions and can even be used for medicinal or fragrant purposes. Planted out in the garden it even attracts butterflies and bees.
It’s easy to grow in containers or in the ground.
The sooner you plant them, the sooner they’ll grow, so don’t regret not starting today!
🌱 How to grow Mint from seed
- To give them the best start in life find some pots or seed trays to put your seeds in
- Fill the pot with good soil - make sure it’s only barely moist
- Don’t cover the seeds with compost
- Put the seeds in a propagator or seal in a polythene bag until the shoots come through (7-16 days) – basically they like to be warm to start off (around 20oC)
- When the seedlings are large enough transplant them to their final space and grow them in cooler conditions
- You can put them outside once the risk of frost has gone (but do give them a week or so to get acclimatised)
- These can be sown between February and June
- Make yourself a nice cup of mint tea when it matures 🍵