Dear Diggers (Autumn Fruit 2017)

Diggers Autumn Fruit Garden Magazine 2017

The Opinionated Gardener

Dear Clive, if there is one more piece of left wing political propaganda in your magazine I will be cancelling my 5 year subscription and demanding a pro-rata refund.

Note, I subscribed KNOWING that the owner is on the far left of the political spectrum.

I am a tolerant person like that with whom I choose to patronage. I am not an authoritarian bigot, like some, who only does business with people I agree with socially and politically.

However, I have a limit because I expect a GARDENING magazine should be about GARDENING and not contain snarky political nonsense.

It is moreover the ARROGANCE of these articles that seem to assume readers will agree with the editor's point of view. If you want to start a political magazine do that, but keep Diggers about the garden.

Michael C.

Dear Michael, My opinions are there to encourage debate on issues that are important to gardeners such as food security and our environment. We have a members column called ‘Dear Diggers’ to represent every point of view, such as yours.
You may be surprised to find that your Diggers magazine is Australia's most popular by half. Unlike every other magazine which is supported by advertisers, we won't take advertising for Zero, Roundup or other products that are detrimental to the environment.
Is this why Burke's Backyard and Your Garden magazines folded?
Our magazine supports the rescue by sale of heirloom tomatoes, flowers, fruit and trees; our organic products are designed to improve your health and help reduce climate change. We are independent and support environmental causes.
We hope we can encourage you to renew your 5 year membership.
Best wishes, Clive.

Dear Clive, I came home from a day depressed by climate denialists and haters to find your mag in our mail box.

The letters from members in the latest Autumn magazine made my heart sing and so does your uncompromising and frank stance towards championing the planet.

I was re-inspired to plant, plant, plant!

I am so grateful to find a political gardening community of like-mindedness even if via a magazine. It is essential for survival of the spirit.

I am currently planting a meadow of wildflowers based on memories of a medieval recreation of corn fields in Kew Gardens and the poppies in the fields of England.

The article provided was perfect timing — actually it's a bumper brilliant issue!

Thank you ...

Karen Z.

This goes with that

Dear Clive and Penny, whilst I greatly admire what you do, and support the majority of your views and beliefs, I am fed up with your lectures!

I have been a Diggers member for at least a decade, probably more, and in that time I have been told “don't do this, don't do that, don't plant this, don't plant that, this is ugly, this is bad” etc, etc, etc.

My mother, a teacher for over 40 years, told me once that the best way to frame a rule was by emphasising the positive rather than chastising the negative. For example instead of “never ever plant mixed colours” use “always combine like colours”.

I have followed this rule for 30 years and find it is far better to encourage with positive messages rather than scold! Perhaps your next editorial could focus on removing the negative tone, and rather offer positive support.

You are preaching, on the whole, to the converted and we are a literate, intelligent bunch. We don't need to be talked to like school kids were 50 years ago! I look forward to a rephrasing of your words.

Katie B.

Dear Katie, Thanks for your letter. I am sorry you don't like prescriptive advice but many of our members are new and if they come from a box warehouse shopping environment, mixed colours are still the fashion. I like your term blended colours and will use this phrase when I can.
Best wishes, Clive.

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