IN THE GARDEN

MINT

Of all the herbs I grow, none is more likely to evoke happy memories of childhood than mint. The smell and taste of this herb reminds me of my grandmother’s garden and my first nibble of its fresh leaves. Now that I’m all grown up, I know that mint is just as wonderful in the kitchen as it is in the herb garden.

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THE BASICS

Mint is a family of pungent herbs hardy to Zone 5. Mint leaves are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) long and vary in color from deep green to golden to creamy variegated. Most mints grow about 12 inches (30.5 cm) high but spread out quickly by horizontal runners, or stolons. In early summer, some mints sport clusters ...

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