THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun23

Most Popular Posts (from our first 6 months)

Modern Mint has now been blogging for six months, give or take a week.

What then have been the most read blogs so far? These below… the top post also being the most fun to write…

Top Post!

An Interview with Rosybee – nurserywoman and beekeeper shares her research on the most bee valuable plants.

Second Best!

Golden Rules of Planting – Val Bourne shares her wisdom.

The Next Second Best!

Chelsea Fringe – this post from the second week of our Chelsea Fringe project, as the peony from Italy began to open.

Thank you for coming to read, and we hope the next six months will be just as interesting as we share our thoughts on garden ideas and latest trends!

 

 

 

 

 

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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