Peppermint Herb Seeds, (Mentha Piperita) Easy to grow mint herb seeds. Mint leaves are used for mint sauce to go with delicious roasted lamb or made into a peppermint tea. Mint is particularly tasty for adding to the water when boiling new potatoes such as Jersey Royals.
March to June
Sow seeds underglass ¼” deep, in small trays of potting compost and lightly cover the seeds with a sprinkling of compost , and place at a temperature of 15-20°C by a windowsill.
Prick out seedlings individually to 7cm pots, once large enough to handle. Grow on in cooler conditions , then gradually harden off plants in a cold frame begfore planting out after risk of frost has passed.
Transplant to final positions 30cm apart or into larger containers in a semi-shaded part of the garden. Cut the leaves, as required, a few from each plant so that they will regrow quickly.
Peppermint Leaves can be frozen for later use.
Peppermint herb can be harvested for at least six months of the year when grown outside. The leaves at any time.
For drying, harvest the leaves before the flowers appear. It pays to cut the top leaves first, because this will encourage the herb to shoot out again further down the stem. Do not strip the peppermint plant of all it’s leaves.