This is perhaps the most powerful perennial to invite into
your landscape. Countless beneficial insects are absolutely
enchanted by mint, while many pesky garden pests are
repulsed by it. Growing mint from seed is a lesson in the
beauty of chaos in the natural world, as the busy activity of
insect pollinators causes a wide spectrum of mint flavors.
We love the element of surprise in growing mint from seed.
While the flavors may range from spearmint to peppermint
or applemint, the purported medicinal and pest repelling
benefits remain the same. Perennial from zones 4-9, mint
will thrive in most gardens. It is quite competitive and belongs
in the herb bed or in a contained location. Many folks
simply clip the leaves and use as mulch around plants in
the vegetable garden to harness the pest repelling benefits
without letting this aggressive plant grow in the vegetable