Since our April has been incredibly busy or rainy on the weekends, my husband hasn’t had the opportunity to till the last 4 of 12 beds in our vegetable garden. These last 4 beds were for the plum tomato plants which make up the the majority of what we grow. In addition, I planted spinach, carrots, and beans around the tomato plants as part of the succession planting I do for the first half of the summer.
My original plan for this year’s garden was to cut back a bit on what we grow. However, my enthusiasm for growing wholesome food for my family along with a need to fill in blank spots in our garden has changed our plans a bit. We decided to add potatoes and sweet potatoes to our garden plan, plus a friend from my husband’s work passed along 2 celery plants. If we’re not able to put away everything we harvest, I know we’ll find friends and neighbors willing to take our excess bounty!
One of my favorite plants in the garden is comfrey. I love the flowers, and even more I love using comfrey as fertilizer for my vegetables. Since comfrey can be floppy, staking it keeps it tidy in a flower bed. The plant can spread a little, though not as much as mint does. Comfrey can tolerate a pretty wide range of environments though it does best in good soil, especially situated near a compost pile.
Currently, I have several comfrey plants in my herb bed and one in a bed along the back of the house in the shade. This year, I’ll be moving all the plants into a bed at the back of our garage. The comfrey will be able to stand up to the mint now in residence in the bed.
Do you have plants you grow for natural fertilizing?