What John Tradescant Did To Me

Its spring and the soil is soaked. Teddy laid at my feet, sighing, wanting to race with the chicken out in the backyard. No can do, boy. It’s drizzling outside. I go back to my book, determined to finish Earthly Joys (intelligently written by Philippa Gregory).  The novel narrates John Tradescant’s gardening skills, attracting the attention of the Duke of Buckingham, the rumored lover of King Charles I. The story describes John’s unquestioning loyalty and as such he becomes a confidant as his master strolls in the garden and watch him work.

I closed and put the book down, gazed outside and see the sun shining. Enough of royalty and loyalty and rarities. Time to hit the ground and check on my salad garden. Here lies my loyalty and skill. My veggie plot is mixed with perennial flowers and vegetables with colorful leaves. These veggies are easy to grow. Lettuce and other salad greens can be planted even in containers. They grow quickly as well. This spring, I planted a
variety of green veggies – lettuce, kale and spinach. They merely need watering once every two weeks. In order to harvest the leaves, cut the outside leaves and let the smaller ones from the inside grow. Except for spinach. Pull up the entire plant at once to harvest.

Back to John. Come to think of it, John did travel and export plants that we now enjoy in our gardens. Yes, I think of John as I check the leaves of my greens. He did live a colorful life and died surrounded by his flowers and his collection of rarities. And so am I. I have a colorful life, surrounded by my flowers, greens and Teddy. And where could that chicken be off to?

Teddy’s First Vet Adventure

As I was tending to my garden, Teddy was acting a bit strange. He wasn’t running around. All he did for about eight hours on a daily basis was to sit.

There was not the usual nagging and pants-pulling we both spent about 30 minutes when I was about to go to work or I was about to tend to my garden.

I decided to take him to the vet.

I guess dogs don’t really know if they’re about to head to the vet. Teddy was steady. I’ve expected him to become a bit more violent and crazy as we approached the vet, but he didn’t.

Instead, he wagged his tail weakly, signifying interest in the things he could see inside.

Teddy met the veterinarian, who, in a few minutes, almost scared him when she inserted a thermometer up his behind.

Apparently, Teddy didn’t have any sickness. He was just not feeling well. So I fed him his favourite dog treat several times, to no avail.

I’ve been growing some vegetables which are good for dogs in my garden. You could see some of them here.


A few vegetables, and Teddy sprang back to life. Apparently, it wasn’t the vegetables or depression.

It was just because he wanted a bath. And a nail trimming. I gave him that.

This dog. He could be quite unpredictable. But I love him.

Ever Tried Square Foot Gardening? [Infographic]

So I just woke up this morning and said to myself “maybe I should try making a square foot garden.”

Some of my clients would ask me about this and to their dismay I would often reply “no, I can’t do this.”

Square foot gardening can be pretty awesome, but also difficult if you plan to make it successful.

So, tell me how it goes for you if you’ve tried the instructions on this infographic.

Here’s a pleasant surprise. The entire thing can be done with just £34 max. Awesome, right?