Northern Queensland Permaculture

Revolution disguised as gardening

Spearmint, garden mint, common mint

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Mentha
Common Name Spearmint, garden mint, common mint
Species M. spicata

Maturity days

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Ground_cover Herb

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant
Humidity tolerant
Planting area Garden_bed
Sunlight Part_shade



Short comments

Perennial herbaceous plant. Invasive rhizomes. Leaves can be fresh, dried frozen preserved in salt sugar

General comments

Compatible with (can grow beside): Cabbages, Tomatoes Although mint can be grown from seeds, cuttings are a faster, more reliable option. Cuttings can be planted directly when danger of frost is past. Mint can be grown in pots outdoors or indoors Mint prefers damp, partly shaded areas and once established will grow for many years. Mint dies down in Winter and sends up new shoots in Spring. Mint is a rampant grower and will take over a garden bed if not restrained. One way to contain mint is to use an old bottomless bucket pushed into the ground. The mint won't be able to put its roots out sideways, so will take longer to spread. If grown in a pot, mint needs to be watered regularly to keep it healthy. Culinary hints - cooking and eating Mint Mint adds a fresh flavour if chopped and sprinkled over salads. And is traditionally used mixed with vinegar and sugar to make mint sauce for lamb.


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