THE MODERN MINT BLOG
It is quickly coming up to spring and worth checking your boxwood plants in the next month or so for box tree moth and caterpillar.
You can read more about how I dealt with it last year in a garden in Essex here:
If you want a trap to reduce the population of breeding males (and why wouldn’t you want to do that to reduce the damage caused by this pest?) then you can get a trap from The Green Gardener.
Get 10% off by using this code from The European Boxwood & Topiary Society – EBTSBOX29GBZ
Hope this helps your topiary stay looking good and pest free this year!
And finally, check out my topiary work here…. Cutting Hedge Technology.
I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …
Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!
The Nunki weeder has been talked about by Jane Perrone in the newspaper (the Guardian, if you are interested. At the weekend.) She said this about our lovely weeding tool… “Getting on top of annual weeds such as hairy bittercress and speedwell can be tedious. The Nunki weeder has a curved blade that allows for precision work around plants….” There you go – a weeder for precision work, not an avocado destoner as someone once said to me. Take a closer look at the Nunki weeder now.