This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Employers are often imposed on by bad gardeners; and again there are often good gardeners who are imposed on by bad employers. Of this last class the Gardener's Chronicle gives the following illustration:
"A case of peculiar injustice to a gardener of my acquaintance has come to my knowledge, the publication of which may perhaps be of use as a warning to others to be careful in trusting to letters when taking new situations. The gardener is a man whom I knew as gardener for several years to a lady. He left and went to America. Not finding the climate to agree with him he returned, and has held two good places since, where he gave good satisfaction, leaving the one on account of the owner giving it up, and the other through his wife's health. I have always known him as a respectable, steady man. In March last he went into a situation in an Eastern county; when he got there he found the gardener's cottage not a fit place to live in, the place very rough, and the employer rougher, with the additional advantage that his men were taken out for game beating, and he was expected to go also as a pheasant frightener. This, he could see, would not do, and at once gave warning, and left at the end of a month, for which he got well swore at, and threatened with a horsewhipping, which did not come off. He had a good character when he went, now he has applied for a situation.
The lady wrote to the Eastern counties' man for his character, but he refused to give it, and the consequence was he lost the place. You see, this man's bread is gone, at least for a time, and he has no remedy at law. We are no lawyers, but we think the gardener has a remedy if he choose, or is rich enough to enforce it".