THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar01

Soil Is Vital To Life

The Soil Association, founded 70 years ago by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists, are a charity dedicated to promoting organic food and sustainable land use.

They aim to tackle climate change, work with farmers to improve their growing practises, support high standards of animal welfare and give everyone access to food that is healthy and organically grown.

What is not to like about a charity that does this?

Some of the Soil Association’s past campaigns have included:

Not In Our Bread – a movement to stop weedkiller being used on wheat crops. We have previously worked in the sales arm of a bakery and know just how important it is to eat the best bread you can get your hands on. Using organic flour is just one way to make that loaf great to toast!

Seven Ways To Save Our Soil – a movement to increase organic matter in our UK soils by 20% over the next 20 years. They list a number of ways to do this – but growing organic crops, not digging your soil and using green manures are three easy ways for you to help in your own garden. (Read more about ways to save our soil on the Soil Association website.)

Cottoned On – a fantastic drive to get more people thinking about one of the world’s major industries – the clothing industry – and how the apparel we buy and wear can damage the environment if not shopped for responsibly. We learnt long ago at Modern Mint that buying clothes made from organic cotton is a brilliant choice to make – organic cotton feels softer, stronger and is just so easy to wash. We recently started buying bamboo and hemp clothes too.

As you can see, the Soil Association does a great job in educating people on environmental matters. They have even teamed up with Aardman Animations (you know them – the people behind Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep!) to produce this short film about our soils.

It is called ‘From Potato To Planet’ and is an easy way to get up to speed on why our soil is vital to life, and what we need to do to help protect it. Take a quick look for yourself…

Last week Modern Mint shared our thoughts on organic gardening. Soil health was one of the key factors we spoke about in that blog post.

Please do your bit for the world and think about growing organic, about looking after your land without weedkillers… by refraining from using toxins, you will see a benefit in your soil.

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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