THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May31

Recycle Your Plant Pots

How many plant pots do you have in the shed?

It is normally quite a few, once you dust off the spider webs and take a really good look!

Some estimates in the media equate the figure to be 5 million redundant plant pots sat in homes across the UK.

That is a lot of plastic that has no use, and cannot be recycled. Until now, that is…

At Modern Mint we sell a few eco-friendly products that re-use these plastic plant pots. Have you seen our stylish clocks?

MTTH Clock Gallery image 1

Eco classic clock image

We also do a brilliantly helpful set of plant labels, both printed and clear… what vegetable gardener doesn’t need these?

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Plant Labels Gallery Image

Think that is all? Think again. We make your old plastic plant pots into a bird feeder too… this is WILDLY popular!

Bird Feeder

Gosh, we even make them into house signs!

House Signs Featured Image

No longer should those pots of yours be left, useless and gathering cobwebs, at the bottom of the garden. Now they can be truly recycled.

To find your nearest garden centre, who will take your pots from you free of charge, click here.

Don’t have a garden centre near you who can collect them?

Print out this leaflet and give it to the garden centre manager so they have all the information they need to make plant pot recycling happen at theirs!

Print the leaflet now

Another way to save plastic plant pots ending up in landfill, is to grow your plants from seed. Worth a try?

Seedballs Bee Mix
Seedballs – the BEE MIX!

Modern Mint – helping recycle plant pots, instead of sending them to landfill.

Click here to see more about our recycled clocks.

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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