THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul17

Must-Read Books for Wildlife Gardening

We hope to inspire you with these must-read books for wildlife gardening – make time for them, and enjoy!


1) Start simply with Chris Baines…

How to Make a Wildlife Garden

2) Enjoy the sharp wit of Henk Gerritsen

Henk Gerritsen: Essay on Gardening

3) We have always been a fan of botanist Ken Thompson

No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening

4) The lovely writing style of Val Bourne (along with her excellent knowledge) will inspire you…

The Natural Gardener: The Way We All Want to Garden

5) We read this from Pam Lewis in one sitting…

Sticky Wicket: Gardening in Tune with Nature

6) We don’t know this one yet , but we keep hearing the name of Keith Wiley and it all seems to be good…

On the Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism

We hope you enjoy these suggestions of books for wildlife friendly gardening! To find more, search Amazon from here…

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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