THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar28

Vertical Sea Farming

Vertical sea farming is a term we had never come across before, until today, when we read – no, devoured! – this brilliant blog post by sea farmer Bren Smith.

In the blog he talks about how to have a low impact when farming the sea, the amazing effects the way he works has on encouraging a thriving eco-system, the experiments and innovations he made in creating a 3-D ocean farm and how reducing barriers to entry help more people work in a way that suits the ocean.

We cannot emphasise enough how wonderful this is, so please do grab a cup of coffee and take your time to really enjoy learning about vertical sea farming.

Read Vertical Sea Farming.

You can also watch a video of Bren and his work on farming the sea below…

 

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

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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

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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.