All about… Peppermint
Peppermint is an easy-to-grow, attractive, and tasty plant that you can grow out in your garden or indoors in a sunny spot. This herb is actually well-suited for container gardening because containing the roots will prevent the plant from spreading and becoming invasive. Planting peppermint seeds in a place where the roots won’t be able to grow wildly will keep the plant from getting too large and taking over the area.
Peppermint is a cross between two mint types: spearmint and watermint. It likes rich, well-drained soil that has a pH around 6.0-7.5, and can be located in part shade or full sun. Be sure to keep the soil moist.
Growing your own peppermint gives you the opportunity to use the fresh leaves in all kinds of recipes. Peppermint is quite versatile, and it can be enjoyed in desserts, sauces, drinks, salads, and more. It is also good on its own as a breath freshener—just pop a leaf into your mouth and enjoy the refreshing taste.
You can start snipping leaves off the plant as soon as they show up in the spring (but leave at least 1/3 of the leaves on the plant to keep it healthy). If you want to store the mint for later, dry the peppermint right after you harvest it. You can air-dry it by tying stems up and hanging them in a dry, cool area for a week or two.