Summer is a wonderful thing. Summer holidays are even more so. Today I chopped all the broad bean plants into chunks about five centimetres long and dropped them into our rotating compost bin. Then I harvested an armful of comfrey chopped the stems below the leaf off (anything close to the root is just too prone to surviving and setting up a new colony of hard to eradicate plant) and then whizzed up the leaves in my mini kitchen whiz. Usually I use it to make hummous, but comfrey pulp is just as worthy. Then I put it all in a large bowl, covered it with warm water and left it in the sun for a while. Then I closed all the holes on the compost bin, opened the lid and poured the mixture in, closed it and rotated it round and round a few times. Comfrey is a compost activator, and the broad bean plants with their large leaves and woody stems (plus some old beans I had no inclination to cook) will contain a good mix of nitrogen and carbon.
I weeded some more, and planted basil, white cosmos and some pretty blue and yellow violas. I love finding little violas (and heartsease miss helen mount is my favourite, though today I planted rebelina) partly hidden amongst larger plants. They do seem to self-seed, though not prolifically, so I do find them unexpectedly in places where I must have planted them in previous years.
Inside, the painting project continues. The children ripped all the wallpaper off Brighid's bedroom and the hallway and cleaned the resultant rubbish up. Favourite Handyman has done an undercoat of the walls and ceiling in the bedroom and begun to 'cut' the hallway. The testpots await but for some reason my suggestions that we start putting them up haven't come to fruition. Yet.