THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar04

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Welcome to Modern Mint, for home and garden.

We never intended to be a shop. We started as a garden design firm, helping people who felt overwhelmed by their garden learn, season by season, how to make it a beautiful place.

To promote good garden practise we began adding articles to the Modern Mint website. There are now 100’s to explore ranging from environmental issues, to practical techniques for growing flowers, to discussing why we sell a particular item at Modern Mint.

To help you explore it we have provided this Start Here page. Just scroll down to find what interests you the most!

Start here for some free stuff – an e-book we curated for the Chelsea Fringe Festival…

Download ‘Contemporary Green’, a free e-book from Modern Mint

Start here to read some of our most popular garden interviews and essays:

Manifesto for the Modern Gardener

9 Ideas for a Cut Flower Business

Unusual Vegetable Garden

The Alternative Guide To What To Do In The Garden This Month

Native Trees

Plants for Bees

The Charity We Support – Pets as Therapy

Start here for our top products:

Japanese Secateurs

Vegetable Brush

Copper Tools for Organic Slug Prevention

Finnish Deckchairs

Paper Potter for Seedlings

Start here to find out where to meet us, or how you to book a talk for your group:

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Start here to make sure you stay in touch. We send out news once a month (twice at Christmas) and never sell your email to anyone. It is the best way to be informed about how Modern Mint can help you, and let you know about the unusual home and garden products we have to offer.

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Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

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A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

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My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.