THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul05

Permaculture Magazine

Garden Organically

 

Do any of you read Permaculture Magazine? We have just found out about it and are very excited to see they not only sell lovely copper tools, but also have a fantastic website. On it you can:

Sign up to Permaculture courses.

Hear podcasts and watch videos about how people are changing the way they live to be more resilient and self-sustaining.

Find recipes for making use of plants and weeds you may not think about eating.

Get solutions for your own permaculture experiments.

(Oh, and you can of course buy the magazine….)

What is Permaculture?

“Permaculture is the design of an ecologically sound way of living.”

We thought this quote was beautiful and really inspires us to think about how we garden, work and live.

We hope you will take heart from this phrase and begin to question, then seek answers, for a way of life that suits both yourself and the world around you.

If you want to know more about gardening organically, try this blog: Manifesto for the Modern Gardener.

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.