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…

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022