THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun22

Notes from Blenheim Palace Flower Show

After a wonderful weekend at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, where Darren of Modern Mint gave a number of garden talks alongside a few famous faces, we thought we would share some more information about what he spoke of in the talk.

 

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The talk was called ‘Tips for Tomatoes’ and was based on research you can find in a new book by James Wong, who suggested watering your tomatoes with aspirin will increase the vitamin C content in the fruit.

Take a look at this excellent book…

Darren also talked about:

The best plants for bees (Helenium is the very best, if you are asking….)

Where you can recycle your plastic plant pots, as well as what they can be made into – Recycle your plant pots!

The strange things people say when their vegetables need a wash.

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The gender divide in gardening, which is best summed up by the tools a female gardener will use compared to a male.

For the female gardener
For the female gardener

 

For the male!
For the male!

And finally, what he thinks is one of the major tenets for becoming a good gardener…

When in your garden, observe observe observe!

Thank you to everyone who came to Blenheim Palace Flower Show and made the talks such great fun. We hope you have a wonderful gardening season and do explore the Modern Mint website further for more ideas on Modern Gardening.

For example, you might like this…

 

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Worlidge Phillyrea

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kites and strings podcast

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topiary Robinia

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