THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Niwaki, the book on pruning by the brilliant Jake Hobson, is now available second hand from Modern Mint.
We have 2 copies here and it has been our bible for years (alongside the brilliant mentorship of Charlotte Molesworth) helping us clip and shear and chop most of the days of summer, for the last far too many years.
It gives great background information on where the word ‘Niwaki’ comes from, then takes you through the different techniques for pruning different trees. The subtlety needed for pine pruning and the incredibly tough pruning you might want to try on an acer, for the most vibrant of autumn colour.
Amazon are selling copies for £13.83 used.
We are selling our second hand copy here for £7.50. That way, you get the information you need at a great price, and can happily give the book away or sell it on and get your money back when you are done with it. The spreading of information, just what the internet was about, right?!!?
This piece in the Guardian got me thinking a lot – it shows how an orchestra, a country and a town in Devon have been putting the cost of their carbon footprint at the head of their priority list. Read the article – Carbon Cutters. Gardening is not above this. From refraining from using peat compost to moving to a decent pair of shears, you can easily reduce your carbon footprint. Perhaps you could even make your own compost, so as to enhance life in your garden all the way down the food chain? (For more on that, you can …
I loved this as well – I had read about the bees of Notre Dame before, when I discovered Paris was a pesticide free city (shouldn’t all cities be like this?) and was pleased to discover, after the fire at Notre Dame, that the bees were safe and sound. Not that the smoke would have harmed them, it would have just put them to sleep! Take a read and enjoy the fact Paris is trying to bring more bees to the city.
Just a quick note to suggest a few places you might want to buy seed from. There are more, but these were mentioned in a blog at Riverford organic the other day and I thought they would be useful to share…. Real Seeds (who I use a lot. They are great!) Seed Co-operative Vital Seeds