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?

plant label gallery image

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.

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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