THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May15

Which Copper Trowel Is For Me?

Copper trowels. There are three of them. Too much choice? Can’t decide:

Which Copper Trowel is Best for Me?

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At Modern Mint we offer three copper trowels. They are…

  1. The Mira
  2. The Musca
  3. And the Castor

Each trowel has a uniqueness in both shape and feel when you use it. How you are as a gardener and the style with which you garden will also affect which one is best for you.

As we get asked so often what is the difference between each copper trowel, 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 and the gardening you love to do!

The Musca Trowel

1) Musca – our favourite trowel at the moment. No scratch that!  Our favourite copper trowel of all time! I have been using this non-stop in the garden since forever…!

Why?

Because it is a 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 has a long enough blade  to use in the garden whichever job you happen to be doing too.

One moment this summer I used it for putting out cosmos into the borders, clearing goose grass from the vegetable patch and scratching as much root of the dandelions as I could get from between the paving.

My ‘Musca’ gets well used…!

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The Mira Trowel

2) Mira – this is slim, sharp and long and we really like it because you can use the strong, pointed tip to trace back roots of perennial weeds in the flower beds.
If you have bindweed, ground elder, nettles… all those pernicious weeds, then this is a really great and wonderful tool to use. It is so sharp it also works well slicing into perennials that may have got stuck in pots. Handy to get into that pot-bound plant.
We like using this particular copper trowel to divide hostas, daylillies and sedums, as the tip of the Mira 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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The Castor Trowel

3) Castor – if you do a lot of potting up and growing from seed, this wider, much shallower trowel is best for you. It can scoop a lot of compost into pots. This one is the classic copper trowel, the original and also the most widely sold and well-known.
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 in the garden.
Stefano, our funky and cool Italian friend and style icon (yep, I said it… no testimonial needed, you just got to imagine how ‘on point’ he is….) thinks of this as a design classic.
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What Else Must You Know 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!
Feb22

Guanock House – Trainee Topiary Artist Needed

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Guanock House needs a trainee topiary artist! Some of you may know it as the first home and garden of designer Arne Maynard, but is now owned and maintained by Michael Coleman and his wife Michelle. They offer meditation workshops and retreats there and it is as beautiful a house and garden as you could wish to visit. They called me in last Autumn to help shape up some of the topiary as it was all getting out of hand, but what it really needs is someone with a steady hand and lots of patience to take over the clipping …

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Feb09

Topiary In The Snow

Here are some photos of work I have been doing at the garden of Charlotte Molesworth in Kent. Snow and ice brings out the depth of the different planes and angles carved into the boxwood. A garden has to look beautiful in winter – and topiary (green architecture)  helps do that! For more topiary pictures, click here.

Feb05

New Talk: How To Use Topiary In The Garden

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How To Use Topiary In The Garden is my new talk, which I first gave last year via Zoom for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society. Returning to Zoom again, there are two dates available to see and hear the talk: March 16th – Book your ticket here April 6th – Book your ticket here The talk is great fun, perfect for keen gardeners or people who want to know how to improve their garden with hedges and architectural plants. How To Use Topiary In The Garden looks at how to move away from the idea topiary is twee or old-fashioned, …

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