THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun30

Planting Trees In The UK

This June, we have been talking about planting trees in the UK. Why Plant Trees In The UK? Our recent Chelsea Fringe project was about using your garden to capture carbon. One way of doing that was to plant trees. Trees take carbon from the air and turn in into…. themselves. Trees and woodlands are not actually the largest stores of carbon on the planet – that accolade goes to our oceans, followed up by our soils – but planting trees are a great way to capture some CO2 and keep it locked up, so that it does not contribute …

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Jun30

Seeing A Talk By Garden Writer Val Bourne

Previously on Modern Mint…. We shared this piece by Val Bourne – 5 Golden Rules of Planting Last week we were speaking at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, when lo and behold Val Bourne herself came on to talk after us. We have always been a fan of her writing and books, all steeped in gardening experience, so we took this opportunity to sit down,listen to her speak and make some notes. She spoke about vegetable gardening, and these notes are below – handy for us here at Modern Mint to remember what she said – but you may have …

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Jun11

Azara – Another Great Shrub For Bees

We had never heard of nor come across Azara until this week, when we were asked to prune one that had turned into a small tree. Not an elegant shrub, even when pruned hard it still looked as if it wasn’t sure what size it was really supposed to be – large shrub or a small tree…?  Unsure why it had been planted until told, with no doubts whatsoever, it happens to have flowers that the bees ABSOLUTELY ADORE! Aah, so then…. Azara is a plant worth planting. Because of its slight lack of grace, perhaps substitute it in place of …

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