Trouble Shooting ~ Companion Planting
Young mint plants are vulnerable to snails, slugs, whiteflies, black flies, spider mites.
Some varieties of mint also serve a natural insect repellant.
Spearmint will deter Aphids.
All mint plants will deter squash bugs.
Peppermint repels white cabbage moths, aphids ,flea beetles, and other pests. Peppermint when grown near chamomile will produce less peppermint oils but the chamomile will benefit and grow better.
Some creeping varieties of mint will attract bees, which are welcome in gardens. Avoid planting near Rue. See: Companion Gardening
Mint plants are good companion plants for brassicas such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. They are also a good neighbor to tomato plants.
Harvest and Storage
Snip leaves as needed. To harvest in bulk, cut the stems to about an inch above the ground, most plants will re-grow from the stem you leave behind. It is best to wait until just before the plant blooms, the flavor is the most intense at this point.
Hang harvested mint in loose bunches to dry, individual leaves can be dried on a tray or in a food dehydrator. They can also be frozen in freezer bags for later use.
Mint teas either hot or iced. Peppermint tea, Mint Jelly are just a few of Mint leaves many uses. Chopped fresh leaves can be added to many meals, meats, rice, salads, cooked vegetables. You can also make a simple Mint Extract for use a flavoring agent.
Dried Mint is also used for potpourri or sachets.