THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May15

Which Copper Trowel Is For Me?

Which Copper Trowel is Best for Me?

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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.
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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!
Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips for bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …

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Apr20

Thoughts On Modern Mint, April 2018

Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …

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Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

Helping the honeybee

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …

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