THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May18

Wendell Berry On The Importance Of Our Soils

A fantastic programme on the BBC with Wendell Berry.

Listen now to this excellent programme: Wendell Berry, The Natural World

He discusses the importance of our soils, reads an incredibly depressing poem, asks that we create good work by taking responsibility for doing a ‘specific something’, and explains how, “we are living in an economy that doesn’t value nature whatsoever….”

Which ties us in nicely with this report on the BBC today, about the worst offending products on the market for being non-recyclable.

The ridiculous notion suggested in the report that we can place a projector in our fridges, to project an image of a brand of food onto the plain, environmentally friendlier packaging, makes us so mad. We love the Modern Mint branding, 3 simple circles, but there is no way we would want it projected onto a packet.

It is either there, or it isn’t. Who cares either way? The important part of your ‘brand’ is whether you turn up, have values that you uphold, be nice to people and keep promises.

The logo is nothing compared to what you do.

(Mini rant over.)

For more about how important our soils are, and how your garden can become a carbon sink, see this project for the Chelsea Fringe 2017.

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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Jun01

Helping The Honeybee – A New Talk For 2017

Helping The Honeybee A brand new talk for 2017, Darren has always gardened with bees and other pollinators in mind – this talk is a bringing together of all the plants your garden needs to make sure it is nectar rich. First presented at The Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture in 2017, for Essex Beekeepers Association, the ideas for plants in the talk will be written down by Darren ready to be published by Northern Bee Books in 2018. If you want to know how to help the bees, book this talk now! 

May31

One Tree Planted For Every Purchase In June

We will plant one tree, here in the UK, every time you make a purchase online here at Modern Mint in June 2017. Inspired by our Chelsea Fringe project ‘Capture Carbon In Your Garden‘, we will make sure your buying choices have power in this next month. Even if you only buy our cheapest item. Enjoy browsing, tell your eco warrior friends, and help make sure we can get some trees in the ground this month – thank you! Shop Now, For One Tree With Every Purchase.