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…

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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