How to make money by mowing the lawn

We mowed the lawn today. I mowed: Shana strimmed.

It needed doing. After all, in the longish grass at the far end we discovered a couple of Japanese soldiers who didn’t realise World War 2 had finished 🙂

Anyway, I remembered a piece of advice given by Monty Don recently on Gardeners’ World. He said that leaving grass cuttings on your lawn (actually he was talking about a meadow, but the principle still applies) after mowing, will make your lawn grow more vigorously. It’s all to do with the cuttings rotting down and releasing nitrogen, which in effect is a superfood for lawns. Last thing we want, right? I mean, we don’t want to be out mowing and strimming every week if we can help it.

So we dusted off our trusty (no, not ‘rusty’) lawn rake, and removed the cuttings as best we could.

And it was as we surveyed the mini-mountain of clippings that a brainwave hit me. (Or it could have been today’s sweltering heat. Who knows?)

‘Great idea to make some money,’ I said. ‘We could divvy up this pile of cuttings into compact amounts. Perhaps put them in a little box with a bow on it, so it would make a nice gift. And then sell them on a well known internet auction site.’

Shana was agog. Or maybe it was the Saharan Setptember temperatures starting to get to her. Who knows?

‘As “Compost Heap Starter Kits”,’ I said.

But alas, my grand scheme may not come to fruition, because even as i spoke, Shana was herding me towards the dumpsters, together with my bin bag full of grass cuttings. So this is just a sort of ‘note to self’ about my potentially lucrative idea. It’ll keep for another time. If you’re reading this though, I may decide to patent the concept, so Look out for me on Dragons Den soon 🙂


Why no weeds?

I’m a puzzled gardener, me, and I was just wondering. Maybe someone can help me out:

If my lawn has no weeds in it, does that mean it could be described as…


As I said, just wondering 🙂

My Pi day mow

Today, March 14, has been dubbed ‘Pi’ day by geeky people all over the world. It’s because the mathematical constant pi is 3.14 (actually, it’s a bit more than that 🙂 ) and today’s date (when written US style) is 3/14. If Britain still ruled the world (hahahahahah) we would write the date as 14/3 and all those celebrating pi would be left hi and dri.So there. Put that in you pi(pe) and smoke it!

Anyhow, what did we do to mark pi day?

Simple: I mowed the lawn.

Say what??? 🙂

To recap: I mowed the lawn. Mowing is a lot like the number pi when you think about it. Pi goes on apparently for ever, without getting to even three-and-a-half, never mind four; and the lawn goes on growing for ever, without a week’s rest all through the growing season.

And talking of going on for ever, our simple non-motorised push mower also seems to be virtually immortal, with only a slight whimper at the first mowing of the year, when the grass is a little thicker than I might otherwise like.

Of course, I briefly forgot it was Pi day and thought it was Pie day instead. Which probably explains why I made such a meal out of this morning’s mowing and had to fix a couple of bolts on our machine before success could be achieved.

Our push mower has been going for nine years now and has outlived everyone else’s mower around here. Hover mowers come and go, but low-tech lives forever.

Let’s talk about Feb


The latest Thompson & Morgan seed catalogue thunked onto our doormat this morning and we were much amused by a little typo on their special offer leaflet. Febuary? Never heard of it 🙂

Fortunately, they’ve corrected their little horticultural howler on their website. (Phew!) So all’s well that ends well I guess. Now I’ll go see if they have any good deals on vegtables. (Oops! Is catching…)