THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar06

Harlow Beekeepers

Last Thursday night I was invited to give a talk ‘Planting for Pollinators’ at Harlow Bees, a beekeeping group who help promote the craft of keeping bees in Harlow. It was an interesting evening exploring how two complementary crafts – beekeeping and gardening – co-exist in there similar aims of helping bees (and other pollinators.) Below are some notes answering questions the group asked me from the talk: 1. The Best Plants For Bees helenium sedum oregano borage veronicastrum teucrium calamint eupatorium centaurea lavender This research comes from the work done by Rosi Rollings at Rosybee. She has been asking …

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Jul21

Wild Farming at Village Farm

Wild Farming

Awhile back the internet and its web of click throughs led us to discover a relatively new farm right on the tip of the South Devon coast. We read a little about it, bookmarked the website to revisit, then promptly forgot it. Then this interview with the farmer, Rebecca Hosking, appeared on the BBC – Wild Farming. A brilliant 20 minutes of radio where Rebecca explains why they farm the way they do and what they hope to achieve, namely turning a neglected piece of land that would fail to inspire if farmed conventionally into a wildlife rich, productive habitat …

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Jul09

How To Deal With Squirrels In Your Garden

This is a guest post from Naomi Webb – – Naomi Webb is a freelance writer specialising in lifestyle content who has written for a wide range of publications, focusing on providing home and garden tips/advice for a variety of audiences. Squirrels may look adorable as they scurry up and down trees, jumping from branch to branch in search of nuts. But, you won’t think they are so cute when they start destroying all your hard work in the garden. Once you have seen them digging up your bulbs, raiding the bird table and damaging your plants, these bushy tailed …

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