THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Apr10

The Cows Are Coming!

Who would have thoughts cows can skip? Here is a video of the cows at Riverford Farm being let out of the barn… beautiful to see their excitement as they head out into the fields!

While on the subject of cows and milk… last weekend the staff at Modern Mint learnt to make halloumi. It is easy and quick to do, and tastes delicious… we’re drooling thinking about it now!

For those self-sufficiency hunters out there, the ‘Gentle Art of Cheesemaking’ is another skill to add to your repertoire. For more information and a fun lesson to teach you the basics, courses can be booked with Louise Talbot at Cutting the Curd.

If you want to know what great cheese tastes like, visit Pong! An online cheese retailer…

Or get these books to try it out yourself!

Jan14

Plastic ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin

Plastic ‘dalek’ compost bins. Peppered through the gardens in our country as a free gift from the councils. My guess is they gave out these bins because they wanted people to compost more, saving them money as they would have to take away less garden waste. Thinking to be applauded, right? But is there a design flaw in them and has it put people off making their own compost? The Great Reviews For A ‘Dalek’ Compost Bin Here is the one I mean… The ‘Dalek’ bin. They call it a compost converter online. It is made from recycled plastic, so that …

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Jan14

Why I Started Modern Mint

Why I Started Modern Mint I always loved working outside and especially working with trees. I still get a thrill, even now, when planting them. But it was only in 2014 when I moved from Hampshire to Essex that I began to shape and express the values I thought important enough to garden by – the ‘no chemicals’ rule, the recycling of resources, the increasing of life… My move to garden here in Essex, in the driest part of the UK, became the perfect opportunity to start again and share these ideas with people interested in the spaces and landscapes they live in. Modern Mint. The Place …

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Jan10

A Few Notes On Climate Change

Climate change – mention it and you are guaranteed to make the discussion political. (Which probably isn’t a bad thing, as long as people are not so entrenched in their views they won’t listen to the other side…. and of course, that never happens!) We went seal watching last summer on the estuary in Essex. It was amazing, seeing these wild animals just living on the banks. The man who took the group of us out on his boat spoke about the difference he has seen on the water over the last 30 years. He believes the water level has …

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