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The question most asked of us at our markets and fairs…
It is a good question. Cheekily, we refuse to answer straight away and instead question them back – what do you think it is?
Take a look again…
What is it? We have been told it is:
An avocado de-stoner.
A dog brush.
A boot scraper.
A boiled egg de-sheller. (Big egg…)
A hairbrush for a teddy boy quiff.
A dog lead holder.
A target for practising your golf chip.
A body exfoliating tool.
A nail clipper.
A scone or cookie cutter.
A zombie electrifier.
A huge earring…
You get the idea, right? This is an unusual tool for a gardener to use. Not everyone has an idea about what it does…
Shall we tell you?
It is, very simply, a hand held hoe. It has a sharpened bronze blade, curved so that it can dip into cultivated soil and cut roots as well as drag back to your bucket or pail blanket weeds like chickweed or the clovers.
The handle is beech and oiled with linseed and the product not only speeds up weeding and cultivating the soil – just a few quick sweeps across the surface of the flower or vegetable bed should do the trick – but it also has an heirloom quality about it that we love. (So do all of our copper tools, to be fair.)
We regularly get people taking a chance and buying one of these either as a gift or for themselves, trying it out, then coming back and buying another one for a friend, or emailing us to say how amazing this ‘hand held hoe’ is. It is a lovely job, selling these wonderful and unique weeding tools.
For example, at Salisbury Christmas market this year we had a lovely lady buy one for her sister, who was a keen gardener. She came back two days later, pushed through the crowd around our stall and said – my sister is blown away by it, it is brilliant! Absolutely blown away! Thank you. Everybody – buy one!
I went red in the face, as this kind of praise is amazing and gratifying, but also not something you ask for and was totally unexpected. The lady then walked off, back to whatever she was up to that day, and the crowd around our stall laughed and giggled, and then of course wanted to try the hoe and see why she thought it was so great…
It gives us great pleasure to sell this hoe, as well as earn a reputation for inviting you to try products that are useful as well as beautiful. We do hope you will give our unusual ‘hand held hoe’ a go in 2016. We know you will love it.
Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …
Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …
This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …