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Posted on 15 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Herbs – The Cure for Gardening Withdraws

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I love herbs and when I was first married I learned a valuable lesson about herbs.

My husband and I lived on a very limited budget when we were first married.

I would look through cookbooks and drool over fancy dishes using all fresh herbs.

I did try store bought fresh herbs but the price of these luxury items was just too much. So the next step I took was to only grow herbs in containers in the summer. How wonderful it was to have fresh basil, chives, sage, and mint.

But I left my lovely plants outside, which meant I had no fresh herbs for winter use. The simple solution to this problem was one that evaded me for several years and that was to grow them indoors.

Spring, summer, fall and winter are all a perfect time to grow herbs.

Once you start though, you are only limited by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 April 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Pucker Up and Plant Some Dill

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Everyone is familiar with dill as one of the sour components of dill pickles but dill also has a long history as an herb that provided protection for those who processed it.

The term “dill” comes from an Old Norse term, “dilla”, that means to soothe, calm and/or lull.

Dill was valued by the Romans, as a way of improving ones luck, while the Greeks viewed it as a way of encouraging wealth.

Many Romans and Greeks hung the seed heads of dill in homes, doorways, and above cradles to protect the inhabitance from evil. It was also believed that if evil approached you, protection could be acquired by Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29 November 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Herbs: The Story of Sage

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sage2By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Nothing beats the smell of Thanksgiving turkey with woody tones of sage gracing my kitchen air.

Sage is a newcomer to the culinary world but not to the horticulture environment.

It was valued as a medicine and food preservative and did not enter the kitchen setting until the 17th century.

This herb also received the spotlight when it was named the Herb of the Year in 2001. But what is sage?

Sage is part of the mint family but does not have the habit of taking over a garden. It is considered a woody perennial shrub that fits into any style landscape or container garden. Sage has many faces that Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 13 November 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

DIY Herbal Wreaths

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wreathBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

In years past I have wrought my beloved herbs in many ways.

I have dried them and placed glass jars, repotted them in decorative containers, and made wreaths out of both dried and fresh herbs.

Below are two different types of wreaths that serve different purposes but create an olfactory spa that welcomes guests and homeowner alike.

Dried Herbal Wreath


  • Straw wreath
  • Floral staples or bobby pins
  • Bunches of fresh herbs


1. Pick herbs in the morning and place in small bunches.
2. Lay out the herbs in a design that you would like for your wreath.
3. Starting in Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 October 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Preserving the Kitchen Garden – Part 2

mint-jellyBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Another approach to herbal preservation is through the creation of condiments.

This type of preservation creates jellies, sauces, oils, vinegars, and butters that enhance dishes when added after cooking.

Making a Jelly

Mint jelly is a traditional way of preserving mint. This process may seem to be more trouble then it is worth but I promise nothing makes a lamb dish stand out like mint jelly.

Mint Jelly



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