6 Edible ground cover plants for backyards and gardens

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Edible ground cover plants

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Mint

Mint plants make a great edible ground cover for shadier areas, especially those that tend to remain moister than other parts of the yard. Mint can spread rapidly, which can be both a blessing (to quickly cover larger areas) and a curse (it may invade other growing beds), and is fairly easy to propagate through cuttings or just by dividing the plants you or your neighbor already have in the ground. There are a variety of different flavors of mint, from peppermint to spearmint to chocolate or pineapple mint, which can all be used as a culinary herb or for tea.