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Garden or common mint, as it is often called, is perhaps the most widely grown for general kitchen use, its young bright green shoot tips ready just in time for the first peas and early potatoes in June. Like all mints, it is a vigorous and very hardy perennial, spreading widely by underground runners, which are easily restrained by growing plants in a bottomless container or large plastic bag buried in the ground. If plants are cut hard back just before flowering, the trimmings can be frozen, while the plants themselves will produce another crop of young well-flavoured shoots.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Lavender
Foliage colour: Grey
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
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