is it just me?
If the 2 for 1 booklet fell out then so might have the sheet of paper explaining how the magazine staff are affected by the virus and what problems it might cause. I suspect your email is just in the queue for reply as the staff are normally very helpful.
Have a read of 'The Garden Jungle' by Dave Goulson for a really good book about the ecosystems of gardens and how to work with them rather than against them. If you start out seeing every minor problem in the garden as a reason to quit then you're just going to miss out on the benefits. Gardening is keeping me sane right now with everything that's going on. It's just a matter of going with the flow of the garden and enjoying the challenge of the problems you face. I've had huge problems with vine weevils in the last year but dealing with them has actually given me a better understanding of the garden and the night time patrols to hunt for them have brought me some amazing wildlife encounters that I would have missed otherwise.
Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
It isn't just you - there are disheartening aspects to gardening. Slugs, foxes, cats, aphids, snails, pigeons, blight, rust, black spot - the list is fairly endless. But it is all part of the tapestry. Tribulations are non-negotiable. I would pick your battles. I tend not to grow plants that slugs like, these days. Dahlias I grow in tall pots. Slugs and nails only tend to be a big problem for many plants early in the season, when they are small. Cats can be successfully put off by RSPB sonic blasters. But, yes, you need to be wily and resourceful to get things to grow. That is part of the triumph when you actually get something to thrive and find plants that like you as much as you like them.
Good luck! Onwards and upwards!