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It's fragrant, fast-growing, green, and it has it's own ice cream flavor. So what's not to love about mint? If you've ever grown the herb, you know where I'm going with this.  Mint is easy to grow, its roots, which are called "runners," they quickly grow, sprouting new leaves and new plants as they go. Mint will overtake a flower bed or garden in no time if you're not careful. So, read on for tips on how to  Grow Mint successfully in your home garden or in a container.

You can get mint plant at a garden store and start the plants yourself. You can also look at organic grocers for small plants; transplant these to a larger container and give them plenty of sun.

They should take off fairly quickly. We have always had good luck with mint .it just loves to take over whatever container it's in!
Water your container when the soil has just started to dry.

Mint doesn't mind it a little wet, but make sure and use a well draining potting mix . If the basket drains well, you can water until you see the water come out of the drainage holes.

Harvest :- Harvest fresh green leaves as desired from the late spring Never harvest more than 1/3 of the leaves at once and allow the plant to regrow before harvesting more. You can just harvest as much mint as you need at a time.

If you want to air-dry your mint, then you should hang the stems upside down in small bundles or just spread them on a small tray. Once the stems and the leaves are brittle, you can remove the leaves and place them in airtight containers.

Harvest the mint leaves before the plant flowers because that is the time when the leaves are in the best condition.

Watch out for pests and diseases it may be infested with insects such as flea beetles, root borers, spider mites, or root weevils. since the strong odor of mint wards off most insects and other pests. Just provide good air circulation and soil that is well-drained to keep your plants healthy. If you notice any insects, spray them off with a garden hose.

You can also wash your leaves with soapy water and make sure to look for pests under the leaves of the plants, too. This is a place where they like to hide.

Regrow :-Take a cutting from a pre-existing mint plant. Mint is difficult to grow from seeds. Cut a sprig a centimeter above a junction to allow new branches to grow in its place. The sprig does not need to have many leaves, and almost any sprig will do. Place the sprig in a glass of water.
Within a week, small white roots should appear under water. Wait a few more days to another week to allow the roots to develop into a decent length. Add water to the glass as necessary.

When choosing a location for your mint, find one where the plant will receive morning sun and partial afternoon shade. 

Useful minty tips :- 

A bouquet of fresh mint can scent the kitchen as you pluck fresh leaves for teas and cooking.
Beverage Booster: Mint is refreshing in iced drinks Add sprigs of fresh mint to a pitcher of water or plain iced tea, let it sit for 30 minutes or more, and serve it over ice. If you enjoy cocktails, mix fresh mint into homemade jujubs or mojitos.
Divine Desserts: Mix 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves into chocolate chip cookie dough and bake as usual for wonderfully minty treats.
Breath Saver: You don't have to rely on mint gum or candies to freshen your breath. A sprig of your favorite fresh mint variety will get rid of bad breath just as well. Simply pluck and chew.

Mint leaves dry up acne and clean up pores.

Things you will need
A bunch of fresh mint leaves
Some fresh water
Thoroughly rinse all mint leaves and separate leaves from stems
Collect the leaves in a separate bowl
Use a blender to blend these leaves until it forms a smooth paste
Sprinkle water in between as and when required
Store the mint paste in refrigerator.

More Minty Fresh Facts:
Here are some fun facts about mint leaves

Romans believed that eating mint leaves increased intelligence.
The scent of mint leaves was thought to help kings from losing their tempers. They were always made to carry a bunch in their pockets.
The Greeks believed that mint leaves cured hiccups.
This Fat Burning Drink Will Give You Visible Results In 4 Days :-
4 Glasses of Clean Water , few mint leaves , grated ginger root . 4 slices of lemon . Mix all above ingredients and keep over night , drink it as the 1st thing you wake up next morning. Repeat for  about 4 weeks and feel the difference.

The blossoms for mint plants are ideal for tea but they can also be used in salads or as a garnish .

Add to many recipes, whether breakfast, dinner or desert. And don't forget to add a spring of mint to a glass of iced tea on a hot afternoon.

How to make mint tea :-Wash and tear up the fresh mint leaves and Put them in a teapot and pour some boiling water over them. Allow to steep for about 3-7 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. Taste it with dates . And woah you will be addicted to this tea.

Also fabulous is Mint Lemondade. You juice a bunch or two of mint and add to lemonade and presto, a refreshing drink! It tastes like a mojito without the alcohol. And it takes tons of mint to do it right, so if you've got a mint invasion, it's perfect!

Oh, I forgot to add that you can freeze the mint juice in ice cube trays and then add it to your beverages later, too . Happy growing .

Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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