- Position: full sun or part shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
Aromatic bright green leaves, which are ideal for making mint sauce or adding to salads and summer drinks, are topped with dense spikes of pink, lilac or white flowers in summer. Spearmint has a slightly milder flavour than peppermint and it will happily grow in a good-sized pot (they have a tendency to become invasive if planted out in the border) provided it gets plenty of water. Place it close to paths and entrances, where the aromatic foliage can be easily picked for use in the kitchen.
- Garden care:From late winter to mid-spring, sow shallowly in trays or pots of good quality seed compost and keep well watered by not soggy. These can then be hardened off and planted outside after all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively, sow directly into a well-prepared bed in late spring and when large enough to handle, thin out to allow 25cm between each plant. Once established, regular picking will help encourage new growth to form.
- Sow: February - May
- Harvest: June - November
- Approximate quantity: approximately 400 seeds