The Daily Telegraph - Saturday
Basic care for useful herbs
Likes a warm, sunny spot, hates being too damp. Harvest by pinching between leaves to encourage bushiness.
Can be quite hardy, but water well to prevent it bolting. Cut the tallest stems at the base – the stems are flavour-packed, too.
A perennial, it will go dormant for winter but emerge with a vengeance in spring. Pull away any dry or yellowing stems to encourage new growth.
Once established, cut back woody growth in the spring when new leaves appear. Hates being too wet.
Voracious, so keep it in its own pot. Shop-bought cut mint will root if kept in water for a week or so; it can be planted once roots are an inch long.