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The Junior Wormery looks like a dustbin and comes complete with a colony of 150 worms; these are either tiger worms, brandlings or red worms. All are efficient converters of household waste into compost

Several readers, including Miss Robins of Sevenoaks and Anne Grimwade of Cirencester, pointed out that the mysterious cutting of nespole growing in Penelope Mortimer's garden (Independent, 15 July) was probably either a medlar or a loquat, since nespole is the name applied in Italy to both plants. Its leaf had already said it was a loquat, but I am delighted to know how the nespole bit fits in. "Lovely fruit, a bit like apricots, but with seeds like chestnuts," says Miss Robins. "It won't produce fruit in this country. No doubt misses the sun."

Lindley Library postscript: some members of the Royal Horticultural Society have found that their August journal has been sent out without the five-page report on the library or the voting card, on which members are asked to make a choice among the three options for the future location of the library. If you are one of the unlucky ones, please contact the RHS at 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE (0171-834 4333) who will make good the mistake.

Original Organics has produced a smaller version of its family-sized 90-litre wormery, which it says is particularly suitable for flat-dwellers and "single-person households". The Junior Wormery looks like a dustbin, made of bright green polypropylene, 17in high and 13in wide. The bin comes complete with a colony of 150 worms, either tiger worms, brandlings or red worms. All are efficient converters of household waste into compost. Once the colony is established, it should be self-sustaining. The Junior Wormery costs pounds 29.95 and is available from Original Organics, Unit 4/5, Farthings Lodge Business Centre, Plymtree, Devon EX15 2JY (01884 277 681). The family-sized bin costs pounds 48.90.

On 23 August, the Henry Doubleday Research Association has organised a practical session demonstrating the summer pruning of tree fruit. Anyone who wants to grow cordons, fans and espaliers but is unsure how to go about it will benefit from this session, which starts at 10am and costs pounds 7.50. On 28 August, the HDRA is staging a special event called "Vegetables Galore" explaining the work of the Heritage Seed Programme in saving old and unusual varieties of vegetable. The HDRA is at Ryton Gardens, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, five miles southeast of Coventry. Open daily (9am-5.30pm) and admission is pounds 2.50.

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