First Published 1951 or earlier by My Garden Magazine

illustration. Click to enlarge
We meet Mr Smithson
(artist unknown)
Susan, boots on the wrong feet as usual, brings Smithson to meet the author.

A lighthearted article about the difficulties of getting help in the garden, and the dangers if you do.

The article appears in the collection 'My Garden's Bedside Book'. pp102-106.
This is an anthology of work compiled by Theo A. Stephens, the owner and editor of the magazine.
It is probable that the article was originally published in the magazine itself, possibly under the pseudonym of D J Desmond, hence the date of original publication is not known.
The book is not dated, but from internal evidence can be dated as published in 1951, the year the magazine ceased publication.
first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=11KB)
first edition dustwrapper

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