Sping Garden 2019

Read what our members had to say in Dear Diggers, Spring Garden Edition 2019

Praise for the Seed Annual

Good afternoon, I just wanted to congratulate Diggers on the fantastic new format and “feel” of the Seed Catalogue – it’s a cracker! 
I love that there is now a separation between Warm and Cool zone seed listings, and the way you’ve set out the sections – tomatoes being separated into cherry, determinate; pages dedicated to specific seeds, i.e. Australian heirlooms – is so much more user-friendly for the reader.
Perhaps more importantly, the magazine is now much more of an experience: the sectioning, images, tips’n’tricks articles, general layout and the little touches (I love the Leunig cartoon!) draws the reader in. 
Keeping the original seed descriptions retains the magazine’s former character and “tone”, but it feels less like one is rummaging through some veteran gardener’s gardening shed and more like one is wandering about in some Eden!
Such a metamorphosis!
I’m always excited to receive each magazine in the post, but opening this one was simply a joy! Keep up the excellent work!
Regards, Alun

Dear Alun, this is exactly the response we hoped for! Thank you, Clive

Mouthpiece for the Green Party?

Dear Diggers, is this magazine a mouthpiece for the Green Party, or is it a gardening magazine? I noted that your latest magazine had climate change mentioned four times in the first 14 pages. According to the IPCC (the climate gurus) nature produces 97% of the total CO2 output, over 30 times what humanity does. How much effect do we have with 3% output, bugger all! One thing is for certain Clive, I will not be renewing my membership to this biased magazine.
Thanks, Jovan V.

Dear Jovan, I guess on this complex issue I have to agree with 95% of climate scientists. Cheers, Clive



Climate change is politicised in this country

Dear Diggers, I read the correspondence
in the 2019 Winter Garden edition with great interest. I applaud members (or ex-members as the case may be) for expressing strong opinions, and also applaud The Diggers Club for publishing such letters, and Clive for taking the time to respond to concerns and criticisms.
I love Clive’s passion for gardening, and his courage to speak out on the topics of climate change, organic gardening and heirloom seeds.
It is unfortunate that climate change is politicised in this country. We need to leave the politics aside and start adapting how we live, eat, travel and garden.
Acknowledging the reality of climate change is the first step. The next step is seeking advice on how we start adapting our lives. Therefore, I appreciate the very practical advice from The Diggers Club on what plant species (both ornamental and edible) are likely to cope with the warming and drying climate. 

Thank you, Haydn B.

Dear Haydn, thanks for your kind words of support re controversy, gardening and climate change. Best wishes, Clive

It’s real, it’s bad, but there’s hope

Dear Clive and the Diggers team, Diggers has been a huge part of my gardening journey over the last six years as I’ve gone from being a complete newbie to growing about 50% of my household’s food in our small, inner-city backyard. I have so much respect for the work you do around heritage seed protection, but even more so around your advocacy, particularly on climate change.
As a young woman (I’m 27), I’m simultaneously lifted up by the work that you’re doing to educate broadly on the topic, and distressed by some of the responses of other readers.
Every gardener I know can already reflect on the impacts of a changing climate on food growing, and this year at the annual beekeeping conference the keynote was on current and future impacts of climate change for beekeepers.
When I read something to the contrary I take a deep breath and remind myself of the five facts that are key to guiding climate change communication: “Scientists agree. It’s real. It’s us. It’s bad. But there’s hope.”
As a food grower (and eater!), my fears around climate change are often centred on how our society will respond to food and water shortages caused by climate shocks, but lately another thought has crept in.
Many of my friends have made the decision not to have children because of their knowledge of what the world will look like.

I grieve for those friends, and commit to fighting daily to stop my fears from coming true. To all reading this – please join me in doing more and demanding more from those in power.
Warm rhubarbs, Morgan K

Hi Morgan, thanks for your support and commitment. It means a lot to us.
Best wishes, Clive

CO2 is a money grab and power push

Hi Clive, I’ve been a Diggers member for a few years and respect and appreciate the efforts of Diggers to produce and protect our heirloom seeds, however, the recent Winter Garden edition is totally biased to CO2 propaganda.
I have farmed most of my life … on the Ord River, later farming 3,000 acres for an American Seed Company. I visited North and South America, investigating beneficial crop control systems, mainly in cotton and vegetables and seeing them work. I am not a doctor or scientist but, from experience, what I’ve read and heard indicates to me and many others that the CO2 agenda is a money grab and power push.
White man has certainly polluted our planet, both oceans and land, no doubt, however
you continue to push the CO2 agenda when there is scientific proof that we are heading into a global cooling cycle and the sun is the controlling influence and has been since the beginning of time, not man. Surely it would be in yours and Diggers’ interest to publicise the true facts about what’s happening to our climate and not jeopardise all the good work that’s been done by Diggers. Look forward to hearing from you sometime.
Regards, Phill R.

Hi Phill, I guess being a gardener has helped me to understand the connections between CO2 that we can’t see and the beauty of our forests, the purity of our water, the incredible fertility of our soils and the beauty of nature. We humans take all of this for granted. Everything that we value is free, the trees, the fertile soils, the plants, the seeds and the water. Surely we have a duty to leave this planet in a better state than when we arrived?
To restore our forests, our soils and our climate back to health costs less than $1 in every hundred that we spend. Is that too much to ask for? Best wishes, Clive

Underground carbon is not to be ignored

Dear Diggers,
finally, something positive in a discussion on climate change! Thank you Clive for the article on planting 160 extra trees each to absorb the atmospheric carbon. We have over 200 trees on our 3,500m2 block, 2 houses, 8 carports, 2 x 20 foot shipping containers and still have plenty of room to turn vehicles around, so another 160 trees should be easy! We have already started.
The Australian Woodworker magazine for
June says, “Trees are only effective in absorbing carbon during their growth phase. Once mature, their contribution is less significant.” Which means that old-growth forests are past their use-by date. They are fine for tourists and rabid greenies to swan round in, but do not do much to reduce the atmospheric carbon. So obviously, the thing to do is to plant “working forests”, harvest the trees as soon as they are mature, use the timber and plant more trees.
If we harvest the timber and plant new trees in their place, all the forest mulch and biomass should make the new trees grow like rockets. We had to cut some of our trees down to the ground and, instead of dying, they coppiced and we now have 3 or 5 trunks instead of one – 12.5m tall in 7 years! Thank you also for finally finding something good to say about gum trees. Some of the most beautiful “Columns of Captured Carbon” are the Corymbia citriodora in my “forest”, 35 years old and over 35m tall, with many understory trees and shrubs. The 15 Red Cedars particularly appreciate the protection of the light shade, enough to stop the tip moths but allow positive growth. Another 70 years, they’ll be ready to harvest. By then I’ll be 152, but who’s counting!
Regards, Fred G.

Hi Fred, I wouldn’t disparage old-growth forests because their underground carbon is more valuable than what you can see. In fact, the more I learn about carbon, that component of the invisible, is that what you can’t see controls yours and my destiny.
Also, I love the bush and spend lots of time walking through it but it’s not part of my gardening dreams.
In my city backyard, I also have a Red Cedar that looks like reaching the clouds before I go; it’s growing so fast and it’s going to be a great companion to a 100-year-old Morton Bay Fig just a few houses away.
Thanks for your letter, Clive

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