Excerpt from "The Garden" February 1934, Pg 200. These excerpts are part of a diary written as part of a husband and wife banter under the title "Adam and Eve in the Garden"
"It has always been considered ungracious to look a gift horse in the mouth but I couldn't help looking several Christmas gifts which have arrived today in the mouth. And I shall have to perjure my soul when I write thank-you letters for them. As usual, these are from friends who are not gardeners themselves but know I am; think they are clever in sending me "something for the garden." There should be a general rule that nobody who is not him - or herself a working gardener should ever buy any tool or gadget for one who is."
To economise space under cover of glass, we decided that early strawberries and French beans in pots could be dispensed with - in fact are not worth the trouble and space....