THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul14

Garden Jobs July

So many garden jobs in July. But the first garden job in July? Stop your weeding and mowing for a moment and SMELL THE ROSES!

(You’ve got to enjoy your garden too, no…?)

Madame Alfred Carriere
Madame Alfred Carriere

What other jobs are worth doing in the garden now July is here?

Start with pruning the fruit trees that have st0nes, like cherries and plums.

Remember to water your pots.

Remove suckers from lime trees and lightly prune any plants you are trying to pleach.

Deadhead and feed the roses.

Weedkill and feed the lawns. If you really must.

Take a look at any spring flowering shrubs and cut them back to shape now, right after they have finished flowering.

Deadhead in your herbaceous border – got Delphiniums? Well done! Impressed! Cut the spent flower now and enjoy a second, smaller flower soon…

Harvest in the fruit patch – strawberries, raspberries, cherries and gooseberries are amazing to eat now!

Start eating the broad beans…

To be fair… July is a great month for jobs in the garden…

For more detailed information, try one of these books from Amazon:

(And this one from Alan Titchmarsh, priced at £24, can be found for just 1p! Good if you are a beginner for all the advice you need about garden jobs for July…)

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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