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Posted on 09 October 2010 by

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


Posted on 20 May 2010 by

Perennial Herbs for the Urban Garden

Fall 2009 Garden: SageBy Sonya Welter

Edible perennials are essential to a permaculture plot, and anyone who wants more food with less work will want to incorporate some perennial herbs into their garden.

Of course, whether or not a plant is a perennial in your garden depends on your USDA hardiness zone.

If you want to try to grow something that’s just above your zone–lavender in zone 4, for example–you can try planting it along the south side of your house, where winter temperatures will stay a little warmer.

Here are some perennial herbs to consider for your garden:

Chives (Allium schoeoprasum)
When I was a kid I liked to chew on the long, thin leaves of chives from the yard. Chives are hardy in zones 3 through 9, and the leaves and purple flowers have a mild oniony flavor. Chives are good to grow under fruit trees, since they’ll repel borers and prevent apple scab. Chives (and other plants in the allium family like onions and garlic) will also deter deer and rabbits.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
The citrus scented leaves of lemon balm make a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14 May 2010 by

How to Grow Mint & Make Mint Julep

mintBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Mint is a very invasive plant that needs some form of restraint.

What makes it invasive is what also makes it easy to grow.

Mint can be started by seeds, cuttings, simply bending a branch to the ground and rooting, or by roots.

That is why restraining this herb is so important. Restraining can take the form of growing in a container or using landscape edging to surround the plant. But regardless of what type of control you choose one must always contain this herb.

Mint is a very good herb to start out with as a beginner gardener. It grows in all soil types, weather, and moisture level while it does prefer it on the dry side but will grow in moist conditions.

Keep in mind if you Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 12 May 2010 by

History of Mint

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mint2By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The 650 varieties of mints have had a long history.

Pliny a naturalist in the first century A.D. believed that the smell of mint would stimulate the mind and appetite.

He suggested that the head be bound with a crown of mint to help heal the soul and mind.

Pliny, Hippocrates, and Aristotle viewed mint as an herb that would be contrary to procreation. The Greeks on the other hand forbade their soldiers to consume mint because they felt it would provoke a man to love and weaken his courage.

The Middle Ages saw the cultivation of mint for therapeutic uses grow. Wild mint or Spearmint was found in Great Britain in the 17th century.

Mint cultivation started in 1750 and spread to the continent in 1770. During this time period mint was viewed as a “great strengthener of the stomach” as described by the English herbalists Culpeper. In the 1880’s English herbalists and doctors created Family Dispensatory Chests. These chests were like modern day first aid kits and provided drugs and herbs for each village. One of the herbs in this first aid kit was mint.

Even in modern time mint shows up in Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 July 2008 by

Herbs In The Garden: Mint

By Cindy Haas

Mint is one of my favorite herbs to grow.

I love to sit outside at night in the middle of summer listening to the crickets and watching the stars.

The smell of mint still warm from the sun is always a part of that memory, it is a very evocative scent. Because of its strong scent as well as strong flavor, mint has a lot of uses and is a wonderful choice for adding to your herb garden.

Growing Mint

Mint is easy to grow- it can be too easy. Mint will take over a small garden if allowed, and can Read the rest of this entry »


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