Feedback from Our Readers: Winter 2017

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Flax growing in a garden at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Pennsylvania.
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Nathan Poell holding a cider press basket.
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Nathan Poell holding a cider press basket.

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Flax for Thread

I’ve included a photo of flax growing in a garden at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Pennsylvania. We’ll process the flax into linen thread after it’s pulled in early July.

Jeanne Quinn
E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Seeking Additional Information

I’d like to see growing instructions with more detail in the magazine. For example, I was so excited to see there was an article about fruit walls in the Summer 2017 issue of Heirloom Gardener (Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s), but it contained only history and no information about how to construct a fruit wall or how to espalier. The article about succession planting contained tips and suggested varieties, but I would have loved and used a few sample succession planting plat diagrams or sketches that included complete information about what to plant and how. (It was a great article, but it left me wanting more information.) I’d prefer less lengthy history and more practical planting guidance across the magazine. I love the magazine, and I’m thrilled you’re asking readers for suggestions!

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Winter Reading

I love your articles. They make great winter reading and get me in the mood for the coming year.

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Quite the Collection

I’m a garden writer myself, and I’ve always looked forward to getting your magazine. I have quite a massive collection of horticultural and real-food activist books, and I’m currently concentrating on biodynamics, food forest gardening, permaculture, seed saving, native edibles, and cut flower production.

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We Love Your Feedback

Thank you for this opportunity to comment. Yours is the only periodical (and I take several) that seeks my opinion for topics of interest. Others could take a lesson. I use no chemicals at home, and more needs to be said about their dangers (possible future topic). Thank you, and keep up the excellent work you’re doing.

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Correction from the Editors

The article “Hard Cider Made Simple” in the Fall 2017 issue was authored by Nathan Poell and accompanied by a list of apple cultivar descriptions by Tom Burford.

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