THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun27

Seasonal Food July

What is the seasonal food of July? What are the farmers and growers currently harvesting for our plates?

(Please note there are a few adverts on this page – why? Because we like the companies, they produce great food, and we want to encourage you to support their work – fuelling your body with the best food you can is important. As they say, it is better to pay the greengrocer than the doctor!)

Some pretty delicious stuff actually – this is the best of the British season and if it is locally grown and organic, you will hardly need to cook it (yesterday, from Riverford Organic, we got broad beans. They are already gone!)

Vegetables in season in July…

Samphire (get in quick with this one!)

Globe artichokes

Broad Beans

New Potatoes

Asparagus (though not for much longer! And the taste is so different to last month during the first week of harvesting…)

Wet garlic

Spinach

Runner beans

Nettles (use the young leaves, not the older ones… so cut a patch down if you have to and wait for them to resprout)

Lettuce

Radish

Elderflower (for champagne or cordial, of course)

Carrots

Cucumbers

French beans

Sugarsnap peas

Watercress

A number of herbs (for example basil, fennel and mint… don’t be mean when you cook, use a big handful!)

Fruit in season in July…

Gooseberries

Cherries

Blackcurrants

Redcurrants

Raspberries

Strawberries (for Wimbledon. Raspberries are just as good though!)

We hope you grow at least some vegetables, herbs or fruit in your garden (or on your balcony, or wherever…)

If we could recommend one plant to start with? Rosemary. It looks after itself, smells amazing and you can harvest it for cooking with or using in flower arrangements. Perfect.

For more on how to eat seasonably (and the taste benefits are enormous) you need to read these…

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.