Re: [gardeners] gardeners Digest V1 #925

penny x stamm (
Sat, 5 Aug 2000 20:56:08 -0400

Hi there, Ginny!   I wanted Jimmie to let the grass clippings drop -- 
he is using a mulching mower, after all -- but he says it looks 
unkempt and refuses. 

We have a fair sized compost, but it hides behind some very 
tall trees and therefore doesn't melt down very fast. Some of 
the grass goes in there..  

Sorry to say but there are NO teenage boys left in the 
neighborhood. The turnover is so complete (except for ourselves
and one other couple) that the oldest boy of all of them is just
nine.  And what's even worse, the high school boys don't want a
gardening job. I spoke with the Youth Employment Service only
yesterday, and there are no takers. They'll do computer work of
all kinds, and some of them will even do little-boy-baby-sitting, 
but not what I need. 

I wonder if I had a bakery, if anyone of the boys would take the
job...? My son would have, many years ago ...  he did take a summer
job opening oysters, once. It lasted for one day -- his fingers were
so sore that he decided to change careers.

Penny, NY


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