Mint, The herb of cure.

Mentha species or mint, as they are commonly called, include many varieties that enjoy everything from appetite to dessert. The best known species in North America are pepper (M. x piperita) and spearmint (M. spicata), which are highly valued for commercial use. The mint symbolizes “hospitality,” and can be grown in pots and pans, in homes and outside. In the garden, the mint should be grown with a barrier around the roots, as it can be extremely aggressive. It is best to buy plants from a nursery or garden center as most mint is not a reality from seed. Fresh mint is a source of vitamin C and pro vitamin A.

Peppers and spears are perennials that grow up to 12 – 36 inches (30 – 90 cm) high, however some of the mint hugs the ground. The dilator of the terminal spikes, which are produced at the end of a square stem, are usually in bloom from late summer to late summer. Cultivation requirements for growing mint: Thick, deep, loose textured sand grows well in the soil; Full sun but will do well in partial shade; Irrigate well; Pinch the flowers to stimulate the growth of the bush; If grown indoors, fertilize an organic fertilizer with half the strength every 3 or 4 weeks. Where winter is harsh, mulch with straw or leaves to protect your plants.

Mint has roots that have creeping roots and need enough space to expand. When planting indoor plants, place them in the soil of good home plants and in containers large enough to accommodate their large roots. To bring it home in the winter, check insects and spray with soap and water if necessary. To harvest and prevent scorching indoor plants, cut the stems up to 5 inches (13 cm). This helps to keep the plants from blooming and the tasty leaves.

Indoor mint requires at least 5 hours of intense sunlight every day. Grow them in a south or east exposure. If you grow them in a window, rotate regularly to ensure that each side receives an equal amount of light. Better yet, grow them under fluorescent lights 6 inches (15 cm) above the plants and leave them for 14 hours a day.

In the garden, mint is a good companion for cabbage and tomatoes. Cabbage moths and spears help keep aphids away from nearby plants. Because mint attracts bees, planting them near fruit trees can improve pollination and increase yield. Add fresh mint leaves to the bird bath to keep the water attractive to the birds. In the kitchen, use mint with grilled lamb or fish, butter, salads, cheese, fruit, fruit salads, jellies, soups, sauces, plain meat, poultry, stews, sweets, tea, beans and lentils. Add fresh sprigs to the cooking water of peas, carrots, fresh beets, fresh potatoes and vinegar. Mint flowers can be used for salads and for sweets. In Middle Eastern dishes, mint is used for vegetables such as cheese pastry fillings, yogurt dressings, bell peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Mint tea is useful for treating abdominal pain. To make a cup, use 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of dried leaves or 3 teaspoons (15 ml) of fresh leaves in 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water. The taste is steep. You can freeze the mint or freeze the leaves in butter, oil or ice cube.

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