THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May15

Which Copper Trowel Is For Me?

Which Copper Trowel is Best for Me?

MIRA gallery image

At Modern Mint we offer three copper trowels – the Mira, the Musca and the Castor.

Each has a uniqueness in shape and feel, as well as how they can be best utilised by the gardener. As we often get asked what is the difference between them too, we have written a short, handy guide on the different places in the garden we use them.

Hope this helps you decide which copper trowel is best for you!

1) Musca – our favourite at the moment, we have been using this non-stop in the garden since March!

Great all-rounder. Because the blade is deeper you can use it for potting up and moving compost from the bag (or barrow) into seed trays, but it is also sharp enough and long enough to use in the garden too.

We used it this week for putting out cosmos into the borders, clearing goose grass from a vegetable patch and dandelions from between the paving. The ‘Musca’ gets well used…!

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2) Mira – this is slim, sharp and long and we really like it because you can trace back roots of perennial weeds.
If you have bindweed, ground elder, nettles etc this is wonderful to use. It is so sharp it also works well slicing into pots, so if you are trying to take a plant out that is pot bound it can get in along the side.
We like using it to divide hostas, daylillies and sedums, as the tip of the Mira trowel is easy to place into the section you want to divide the plant at. This was our original copper trowel, the copper tool that got us onto using this metal around the garden and it still holds a firm place in our tool bag – for us, it is also the most beautiful.
MIRA featured image
3) Castor – if you do a lot of potting up and growing from seed, this wider trowel is best. It can scoop a lot of compost into pots.
It is a favourite of the brilliant market gardener Charles Dowding (we have tasted the food he grows – he knows what he is doing!) but we think this trowel is better for use in the greenhouse than the garden.
Stefano, our Italian designer who helps with products at Modern Mint, thinks of this as a design classic.
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What else do we need to tell you about Copper Trowels?
They are all sharp, light and great to use, so you can’t go far wrong.
For most people the Musca will probably be the best choice to buy, as its versatility means it can be used anywhere in the garden.
Of course, different people will like different styles and what suits one will not have the balance and tactility enjoyed by another – so don’t just take our word for it, get yourself a copper trowel and see how much easier gardening is with a sharp, beautiful tool to use!
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

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Boxwood – Dealing With Blight & The Caterpillar

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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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