Although full sun tolerant, mint will thrive in a partly shaded area with plenty of moisture. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed, spacing plants 9-12″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant. Plant height 18-24″.
To keep plants looking their best, cut plants back regularly by a third periodically to promote a fuller appearance. In the fall, you can cut the plants just above ground level. Be sure to mulch over the top if winters are harsh in your area. Mulch annually with well-rotted compost for best results.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer, insect and mouse resistant.
Mint, Mojito mentha x villosa
Mojito Mint is a beautiful full leaved mint originating in Cuba. Easy to grow, its spearmint scent is mild and warm – not overbearing as other mints can be.
Made famous by Ernest Hemingway and James Bond, the mojito cocktail is a popular beverage. Made with mojito mint, rum, sugar, and lime juice, the directions require “muddling” or crushing the leaves in the bottom of the glass before adding the other ingredients.
Mints have a tendency to be quite invasive; so many people plant their mints in pots or containers. However, if you want to keep mint in your garden, try planting your seedlings in bottomless number ten cans, or surround them with a barrier that is at least ten inches deep – laundry baskets work well for this. Just be sure to drill plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. If you have a damp spot in your garden area, consider planting mint as a groundcover as it likes a moist soil.
Mint is best when used fresh. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry.