THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan04

Sale Now On at Modern Mint!

That’s right, it is now time for a little sale…..

Up to 50% off selected items!

When we get to the last few items in a particular range, it makes it very hard to present them to people at the fairs and markets we visit. When you have a stack of hand made skipping ropes or amazing Japanese secateurs, it makes a statement. People notice it and want to touch these products.

Using the shears to clip the brushes into line….

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But when it gets to the last few? Everything looks bitty.

Handmade Products

We also curate and sell many products that are handmade. This means that when we run out, that is it. They may come back when the material (and craftsmanship) is available again. Or they may not. Sometimes the last few really can mean the end of a product line.

So we put them on sale to make sure they go out to you, rather than sitting forlornly in a stock room. These items are just too much fun and too beautiful and too damn useful not to be used.

Please enjoy yourselves by having a browse through our sale items, the ingenuous last few….

Browse Sale Now!

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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