• Mint will tolerate most any average garden soil. It thrives with damp soil and full sun, although it will tolerate some shade.
• Never grow different mints in the same bed, as they will grow together and lose their distinctive flavors.
• Keep them separated, or grow different varieties in pots on your patio.
• Mints can be quite invasive in the herb garden, so growing different varieties in pots or containers is the safest way to keep them separate.
• Mint attracts few pests, doesn’t need fertilizer and has the best flavor if trimmed every two or three weeks—use the newest, best leaves for the kitchen.
Contributing editor Jim Long lives and gardens in the Ozark Mountains.
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Many Mints: Recipes and Growing Tips for Mint