THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug21

Who Can Help With My Garden?

This is an odd question, but we get the impression it is one a lot of people ask. They must do, judging by the enormous amount of media coverage gardening gets – the books, the tv series, the radio programmes, the magazines, the blogs, the designers, the available courses and the websites…

We are pleased about this. We love being out in the garden, for the health benefits as much as the testing of our ideas and understanding of the world – does this plant go with that one? Why does a robin sit on the fence watching us? Has the lack of sunshine over the last ten days been the cause of my beans not producing the great harvest they could…? Who were the first people to realise you could eat the flowers of a daylilly, or is it just us who forgot what we knew?

Gardening gives us a wonderful excuse and physical rhythm to ask questions of the world, so it is encouraging to see so many people want to garden. But we think there is a lack of confidence in how to do it, culturally, as if we are afraid to get something wrong.

Hear this keen gardeners – in the garden, every year, you will always get something wrong. (If not 100 things…)

The key to gardening is to get out there and do it. To be outside, to engage, to try. It is the reason we started Modern Mint – we wanted a vehicle that could help people answer the question ‘what do I do with my garden?’ We wanted to be the people who could say – we will help!

That is still the same now we have added the shop. We don’t stand on our market stall surrounded by these fantastic products that are well made, or hand crafted, or beautifully designed, and ignore people who come to look. We tell them why the seedballs will help bees, the copper tools are an aid to stop the slugs and the fertilisers are organic for your health as much as the plants.

It is a system that allows us to spread the message that gardening is good for you, that the world outside of your door is one you should be interested in. As we said above, most people are interested in it – and we hope beyond hope they look at Modern Mint and know they will get great advice from us.

We currently have two new garden design jobs just beginning, but here is a photo from a design we worked on last year… it took awhile to settle, but now it really is taking root…

Garden Design Upminster

 

The red is helenium, an amazing plant for bees because it replenishes its nectar source by the afternoon – so bees can come back and fill up again after the morning hunt.

Just a little tip their from Modern Mint, who CAN help with your garden…

 

 

 

 

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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