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Peppermint and spearmint are hearty plants that are a fine addition for any herb garden.
Reaching two feet in height, peppermint has dark green leaves, a reddish stem and lovely lavender flowers. Spearmint is lighter green in color with pink flowers. They both have a spicy, minty scent.
Mints can be used in dishes, hot or iced tea and in sachets or potpourri.
Mint can take over a garden and needs to be divided or weeded out often. It is best to space your plants at two foot intervals.
Harvesting the plants is simple. Just cut the whole plant back to 1 inch above ground level just prior to blooming. Use peppermint and spearmint fresh or dry in foods or teas.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|