THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan24

Organisations We Love and Support

A common theme between these groups is that they support long term initiatives and developments. We feel this is the best work, and relates to how we want to do things here at Modern Mint – partner up and be generous for the long run.

Have a good look yourself!

The Tree Council
Why not apply to be a tree warden?

Garden Organic
Adopt a vegetable (and annoy a meat loving friend!)

South East Essex Organic Gardeners
Our local (well, local enough) group here in Essex.

And lastly, our absolute favourite…

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

The 2013 watchlist contained 1 breed of sheep, 5 breeds of cattle, 3 breeds of pig and 4 breeds of horse as critical. A critical listing means less than 300 animals are left.

Google ‘Vaynol cow’ or ‘Eriskay Pony’

…did you do it?
Did you see those pictures?
Did your heart not melt and/or you break into a smile at how lovely they are?

Go on – support the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Because these breeds are worth it!

To find out more, buy this book…

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.