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.

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.