Cleared out some more of my email backlog - I'm making good progress on it at the moment.
Went down the allotment for a couple of hours. Spread more manure (it's the best time of year to do this job, just before things start into growth). Started weeding and thinning the New Zealand Spinach - it's a plant that is totally unrelated to spinach, but serves pretty much the same function in meals.
It's great merit is that it grows through the winter, survives frost, and is available to eat at a time when almost no other green leaf crops are ready. It's also pretty much untroubled by pests and diseases. At the moment, I'm taking leaves off the larger plants and thinning and composting round the smaller ones.
It's other great merit is that it often self- seeds. Not enough to be a nuisance, but enough to give you some bonus plants - which are inevitably healthier and bigger than the ones you actually planted!
Followed the allotment by going for a quick swim and then cleared more email.
Have discovered that membership of EFDSS comes with free public liability insurance for people performing or teaching folk arts. Much cheaper than what I was paying for public liability insurance for my maypole last year, so I've just joined. I'd been thinking of joining in any case. I'm tempted by the library of folk history materials, which I may go and visit some day.
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