Have your say: reader letters
The view from your side of the fence
Bonus raspberry crop In your November issue, you gave the standard advice to cut back all canes of autumn raspberries in February. I find that leaving newlygrown canes and cutting back only those that have nearly completed fruiting in autumn, I get a bonus crop before the following summer. Bob Wiltshire, Devon
Faithful companions I could not disagree more with reader Paul Gibbins, regarding Nell and Nigel’s appearances in the magazine ( Have Your Say, November issue). As Monty’s faithful gardening companions, it was fitting that they were on the October front cover and in the Pet’s Special feature – I think of them as part of the GW team! Carol Todd, by email Not the cat’s whiskers
Reading about Chris Packham’s new Wildlife Manifesto ( Clippings, November issue) annoyed me. One demand he makes, is that dogs should be banned from nature reserves. However, many nature reserves are probably funded by dog owners (I am a member of the RSPB). Dog owners are constantly being persecuted and yet the majority of us are very responsible. We ought to be focusing on domestic cats and their owners as they are allowed to get away with everything dog owners are penalised for, particularly fouling. Also, as cats kill wildlife, they have a much bigger negative impact than dogs.
Christine Chadwick, by email
Having read Monty’s query about why more gardeners are not making leafmould ( The Full Monty, November issue), I had a go myself. I have currently collected two full black bags of leaves and have put them to one side in the hope that one day I will have some glorious leafmould that I can put back into the garden.
Judith Hodge, Pembrokeshire
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