What's Growing



Mint is a part of the Mentha genus and has many different species (among them spearmint, chocolate mint, peppermint). Mint species possess square stems and are extremely aromatic. Its flowers can range from a pale purple, pink, or white, usually blooming in clusters together. Mint plants grow faster and can become invasive.


You can begin harvesting mint early: as soon as the plant is about 4 inches tall, individual leaves can be picked. Like most herbs, if you would like the most aromatic, flavorful, and oil-rich harvest, pick leaves just before they flower. Regular prune mint to keep the shrubs in check and to encourage new growth.


Just within culinary use, mint is multipurposeful. The herb works well in savory and sweet recipes, in drinks and cocktails, as well as in sauces and pastes like pesto! Mint also has many medicinal uses like digestive aid and promoting brain health. It is also used in perfumes, cosmetics, and can be made into a variety of products like balms and salves.