THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May05

International Compost Awareness Week

“Compost-making doesn’t need to be hard work, costs almost nothing, and the only secret ingredient you need is patience.”

Ken Thompson, botanist and author of Compost.

Compost

Run by Garden Organic, International Compost Awareness Week aims to help people who don’t compost learn how to do it.

Join a compost group for International Compost Awareness Week.

For a really quick guide on how to compost, here it is:

Take something that can rot. Put it into a pile outside with other materials that have the ability to rot. Leave it there (as Ken Thompson said in the quote above, ‘patience is the secret ingredient!) Eventually, if you leave it long enough, you will have compost.

Not so hard to do, is it?

Why is it fantastic to make compost?

It is great for your garden. Compost is made from the plant material that you take away from the garden in the form of prunings, grass clippings, flowers and leaves.

By recycling them on a compost heap you are turning them from material you don’t want into something that a plant can make use of. It will give plants valuable nutrients to help them grow, help retain moisture and warmth in the ground and will reduce weed growth by covering bare soil, so stopping weeds germinating.

That is why compost is known as ‘black gold’ because it is so precious in the garden. The best gardener will tell you she never has enough!

Three actions you can take to reduce your impact on the world are the following:

  1. Compost
  2. Grow vegetables (for which you will need compost!)
  3. Plant a tree

Notice what is top of the list?

Seed sowing compost

We hope you will support International Compost Awareness Week. If you have more questions about compost and how to do it, there are some fantastic resources out there. Do check out the following links…

More On How To Make Compost

Garden Organic – What Can I Compost?

Modern Mint – Compost = Place Together

Green Action Centre – Why Should I Compost?

Garden Organic – Composting Myths (highly recommended!)

Ken Thompson – Compost

Modern Mint – Seed Sowing Compost

International Compost Awareness week runs until this weekend. If you have further questions on how to compost, please contact Modern Mint and we will be happy to help.

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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