THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Apr30

National Nurseries Week

From May 1st – May 7th we will be supporting Britain’s specialist nurseries. Why? Because it is National Nurseries Week!

For more information go to the British Plant and Nursery Guide and help celebrate the best independent, specialist nurseries Britain has. Look out though – you will probably come away with a plant or two…!

Some of our favourite nurseries…

1) Penwood Nurseries, Berkshire

2) Phoenix Perennial Plants, Hampshire

3) Marchants Hardy Plants

If you have anymore suggestions for your favourite nurseries, send us a tweet!

Recommended Reading (the Marina Christopher book a huge favourite of ours):

Late Summer Flowers

So You Want to Start a Nursery

Grow Your Own Garden: How to propagate all your own plants

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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