THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul05

South East Essex Organic Gardeners

South East Essex Organic Gardeners – a fantastic resource for those who have a garden in Essex and want to work it without the use of chemicals.

They play an important role in promoting organic gardening – which includes (for those of you who need a few tips!) composting organic waste, protecting wildlife, reducing pollution and encouraging species diversity.

(This is one of the most popular books on our Amazon book store – a book on organic principles no less! It is a growing movement that more and more people want to be a part of – so click on the image above to get involved to!)

Modern Mint director Darren Lerigo is a member and gets huge enjoyment from the events they run every two months – on July 21st at 8pm, Founder Director of River of Flowers Kathryn Lwin will be talking about growing wildflowers – do come along to 47 Fairfax Drive, SS0 9AG!

The September talk (at the same venue) will be on Natural Beekeeping, presented by a man we met earlier this year, who runs an exceptionally beautiful farm…

We hope to encourage more Essex gardens to adopt organic principles, so if you are interested and would like to know more about organic growing – do use South East Essex Organic Gardeners, or get in touch with us!

And if you want to do a little of your own research, we suggest starting with these books…

(One of the biggest proponents of organic gardening, His Royal Highness…)

Jun28

Make Your Own Microbes

We are fans of effective microbes, and use the in our topiary work. They help keep plants healthy, meaning the plants have more tools in their toolbox and energy in their lives to stave off any diseases. Here is a lovely article that tells you how to make your own microbes. Right at the end. Make Your Own Microbes

Jun15

Boxwood – Dealing With Blight & The Caterpillar

Boxwood is one of our absolute favourite plants. The evergreen leaf that shines in winter, the smell as you clip it, the brilliant shapes you can make from it… but it is suffering somewhat from two major problems: Box Blight Boxwood Caterpillar and Moth None of this is the be all and end all for boxwood, but it helps to be aware of it and know a little about what you can do should either of these problems arise. Boxwood Caterpillar & Moth I hadn’t seen this in a garden I worked on until this spring, when a client I …

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Jun06

Orchard Design At Brogdale, National Fruit Collection In Kent

Last weekend I visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, to take part in an orchard design course they were running. Beautiful place and a warm day, I recommend a visit. I came home with 3 bottles of cider. Drank them all. Then realised they were weighing in at 8%. I don’t recover that quickly (no longer being 20 years old) and so had something of a musty head the next morning. The power of apples I say! Below are some notes I made from the day. They may be of use to you, although really they are there for …

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