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…

 

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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