Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING -

Mint is a must-have herb for spring and it’s dead easy to grow – so easy in fact, it can be­come a bit of a pest that can take over vege beds.

An easy way around this prob­lem is to grow mint in pots. That way its creep­ing roots are kept con­tained and you can keep the pot close to the house for eas­ier ac­cess and har­vest­ing.

The sim­plest way to grow mint is to buy a young plant from the gar­den cen­tre, but you can also strike cut­tings eas­ily from plants you have al­ready.

Place the cut stems into a jar of water and they will sprout roots within a cou­ple of weeks. They can be planted out soon af­ter­wards.

If you’re after a lot of plants, mint can be raised from seed any time from now un­til early au­tumn, but it won’t ma­ture un­til the fol­low­ing sea­son. Raise in trays and trans­plant seedlings to 30cm apart.

Es­tab­lished mint plants will also be

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