Growing Spearmint Herbs In Your Yard

Growing Spearmint Herbs In Your Yard

Spearmint herbs are mint herbs also known by its scientific name Mentha spicata. It gets its unusual name of spear from the pointy tips of the plant that could, in some imaginations, resemble the tip of a spear.  To grow these herbs, follow these steps. Decide on a location. Because it is very invasive and prone to taking over a bed, most veteran gardeners plant spearmint in pots or containers. Locate the spearmint where it will get partial shade. A traditional place to plane spearmint is underneath a dripping yard faucet. Use good soil. Spearmint likes rich, well-drained soil. A pH value of 6.5 to 7.0 is best for growing mint. Soil additives, such as compost or manure, are good for mint. Decide between cuttings or seed. Many gardeners have trouble propagating spearmint from seeds. Mint is easy to grow from cuttings.

Seedlings are usually available from a nursery or ask a fellow gardener for some. Plant these after all danger of frost has passed. Spearmint herbs need room and will spread; space them 36 to 48 inches apart. If starting with seeds, sow indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost. Water frequently. Spearmint thrives in moist soil but do not over water. Water at regular intervals for best results. Harvest when the spearmint starts to bloom. Remove up to a third of the spearmint plant, branch and leaves. The remaining plant will re-grow for later harvest. Use the leaves immediately; spearmint herbs does not dry well.

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