THE MODERN MINT BLOG
In less than two weeks my brand new talk Green Elements: Cultivating Your Garden In Extraordinary Times will be presented, for the first time ever, at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
The date is March 12th and the time will be 3pm.
For those of you this kind of thing matters to, there is no 6 Nations rugby on that afternoon. So don’t panic, you won’t be missing out if you come to the Quay Theatre….
Greener Sudbury, a community group in the town who are committed to making the area a better place for wildlife, were the driving force behind me putting this talk together.
They wanted to find a fun way to give people the skills they need to make a garden that really zings – a garden filled with flowers, pollinators and the best tasting, freshest food you can imagine.
Oh, and could I teach people how to do that when their time is limited as well?
Of course I can. I have made a habit of it, through the garden consultations, tidies, topiaries and other work I have completed with Modern Mint over the last few years.
What Will Green Elements Be About Then?
Green Elements at the Quay Theatre on March 12th will consist of me, with a table full of interesting tools, food, flowers and other unusual garden paraphernalia.
I have delved into my experience of making gardens across the country to come up with the most important ‘green elements’ every garden should have. I will explain what they are, why your garden needs them and how you can look after them in the simplest possible way.
Some of these ‘Green Elements’ include:
- Growing your own nutrient rich vegetables without doing any digging
- Using plants and beautiful, natural fragrances for health benefits and to welcome people to your home
- Creating amazing compost that won’t stink to the heavens nor attract rats
- Dealing with a shady spot
- Making the lawn into something you can be proud of
- Getting flowers for pollinators all through the year
- Tips for helping the birds to survive winter
- How to prune, when to prune and what to do if you cut off the wrong branch…. or an arm
- Which native plants really help bees
- Making a border that looks fantastic and doesn’t leave you overwhelmed by the weeding
- Techniques from gardeners around the world that will help you improve your soil, grow stronger plants and sequester carbon from the atmosphere
- Choose the flowers to grow in your garden that will last a long time when cut for the house or a vase
- Deal with slugs
If that isn’t enough (and it surely should be!) we will also let you know the horticultural secret that allows a farm in the UK to make the world’s best mozzarella, and if you are really lucky you may even get to taste some.*
(*You won’t be that lucky. It is too tasty and I won’t be sharing.)
Where and How Do I Get A Ticket?
Hope to see you, or a friend you have told about this talk, at the Quay Theatre on March 12th.
Green Elements: Cultivating Your Garden In Extraordinary Times is going to be a lot of fun, so read more at the Quay Theatre ticket buying site.
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.