One of my favorite activities is puttering around in the garden listening to the Red Sox, and I got to spend a lot of time doing that this weekend. I usually plant my summer garden during the Golden Week holiday (a string of random holidays that come at the beginning of May), and while that doesn’t technically start for another few days, it was too nice this weekend not to plant a bunch of vegetables.

But first, I’m trying something new. I have six comfrey plants that I planted last year growing around the yard, and now in their second year I’m ready to start cutting them back and witnessing firsthand their notorious fertilizing power.

I’m using the cuttings of four of the plants to try and make compost tea. I filled a 35 liter bucket, which should decompose over the next few weeks and leave me with a concentrated liquid that I can dilute and feed to other plants in the garden. Hopefully I’ll be able to repeat the process a few times this summer.


I also chopped up the cuttings from the other two plants and put it in each of the holes I dug for the vegetable seedlings to give them a boost of nutrients.


Here’s the main veggie bed. I haven’t planted anything too fancy this year, just the standard summer vegetable lineup.


I stuck a bunch of peppers in the keyhole bed.


Elsewhere, the potatoes are doing a lot better than they did last year.


In fruit news, maybe I was wrong in thinking I wouldn’t be getting any peaches this year.


And it seems like the third time’s the charm for me and fig trees. They seem to be my Achilles heal in the garden and I’ve killed two of them previously, despite not being notoriously hard to grow.


Tis the season.



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