Have your say: reader let­ters

The view from your side of the fence

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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

Lovely leaf­mould

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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