THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan15

What Is Happening At Modern Mint January 2015?

Happy New Year from Darren and Chloe at Modern Mint!

Modern Mint will be turning 1 next month and what a busy year it has been…

… we have designed gardens, sown meadows, written nearly 200 blog posts, took part in the Chelsea Fringe, performed a new garden show called ‘What Do You Do With This Space?’ and started an online shop to showcase the best in artisan talent – furniture makers, tool makers, soap makers – we are seeking them out and sharing them with you!

Excited?

Absolutely.

Garden Design

With 5 designs on the go at the moment, and 2 meadows taking shape, we have a busy spring this year. And already the phone has been going for more work! So do get in quick if you need help and ideas with your garden this year.

Here are our major projects currently on the go:

A large garden in Upminster, Essex.

A small, private garden in North London.

A large garden in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.

Phase two of a large, private garden in Gidea Park, Essex.

Phase two of a meadow in Gidea Park, Essex.

Phase two of a meadow in Grove Park, London.

Organic Topiary

We also have our new shears coming this weekend, to help us with our Organic Topiary work in 2015 – we have been asked to sculpt a number of hedges and trees to give them a more dynamic look.

Cloud pruning 1

If you want to know more about this new form of topiary, check out these blog posts:

The Art of Creative Pruning

Creative Pruning

Or better yet, send us a message. We’d love to tell you why Organic Topiary has such cutting edge style (hehehe…)

Shop

Terrarium

Our shop is a platform for us to share with you the products we love – products that are sustainably sourced, hand-made, beautifully crafted, and support the idiosyncratic voices of the artisans who make them.

They are products for the home and the garden, and our list of suppliers is growing all the time.

If you know someone who is, shall we say, a little different…? Please tell them about us! We want to hear from them. And you, of course – if you want a particualr product, of a high quality, and you just can’t find it on the High Street – let us know and we will seek it out for you.

See our shop to discover what we have already found in our first 3 months since opening…

Blog

Top 5 posts from 2014:

1) Contemporary Garden Design

2) Interview with Rosy Bee – Plants for Bees

3) 9 Ideas for a Cut Flower Business

4) Let Them Run Wild!

5) Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants

Chelsea Fringe

We are curating a book of manifestos answering the question – why do you cultivate your garden? Each manifesto is no more than 100 words. This is a call for authors and garden enthusiasts to share their ideas with us – come on, 100 words – you have that in you, right?

Find out more here Chelsea Fringe 2015 Modern Mint.

Do follow us on Twitter to find out more – and have a great 2015 everyone – from Darren and Chloe at Modern Mint!

Jan14

Plastic ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin

Plastic ‘dalek’ compost bins. Peppered through the gardens in our country as a free gift from the councils. My guess is they gave out these bins because they wanted people to compost more, saving them money as they would have to take away less garden waste. Thinking to be applauded, right? But is there a design flaw in them and has it put people off making their own compost? The Great Reviews For A ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin Here is the one I mean… The ‘Dalek’ bin. They call it a compost converter online. It is made from recycled plastic, so that …

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Jan14

Why I Started Modern Mint

Why I Started Modern Mint I always loved working outside and especially working with trees. I still get a thrill, even now, when planting them. But it was only in 2014 when I moved from Hampshire to Essex that I began to shape and express the values I thought important enough to garden by – the ‘no chemicals’ rule, the recycling of resources, the increasing of life… My move to garden here in Essex, in the driest part of the UK, became the perfect opportunity to start again and share these ideas with people interested in the spaces and landscapes they live in. Modern Mint. The Place …

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Jan10

A Few Notes On Climate Change

Climate change – mention it and you are guaranteed to make the discussion political. (Which probably isn’t a bad thing, as long as people are not so entrenched in their views they won’t listen to the other side…. and of course, that never happens!) We went seal watching last summer on the estuary in Essex. It was amazing, seeing these wild animals just living on the banks. The man who took the group of us out on his boat spoke about the difference he has seen on the water over the last 30 years. He believes the water level has …

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