THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec13

The Secret Garden Salisbury

The Secret Garden Salisbury is run by the lovely Rebecca Twigg.

This wildlife sanctuary was set up as an oasis in the old city’s churchyard, as a place for people to connect with nature in a previously unnoticed space.

For more information and to plan your visit, take a look at the Secret Garden Salisbury website.

But why are we writing about them here at Modern Mint? Well, on the first day of Salisbury Christmas Market, Rebecca visited our chalet and spoke with Chloe.

She shared the interesting work she does at the garden with us, which just sounds amazing, and then took a look through the products and ideas we share at Modern Mint. Later that night, we saw what she wrote about us (unbeknownst) on Facebook – the most glowing review you can imagine of Modern Mint….

Here is one of the photos she took:

Secret Garden Salisbury

 

If you want to read the review, just click here – Secret Garden Salisbury review of Modern Mint.

Thank you Rebecca, for the perfect start to our Christmas season in Salisbury! Good luck with the garden for 2017!

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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