Every second Tuesday of the month I play Bunco with a group of ladies, and last June when we all signed up for our month to host, I chose June, thinking it would give me at least a year to finish getting the house in order. I'm almost done with the hutch, but I still have the breakfast nook and table, and the dining room nook and table to build, and then I need to finish replacing a couple of light fixtures, and get the glass installed in the upper cupboard doors. I have roughly three months to get it all done.
In spite of all this, one of the most important things I did this week was to plant my nettles, comfrey, and borage at the back of the yard. The nettles and comfrey are for the compost pile, and for making purins. The borage is for the bees. Purins are a French invention. The quick explanation is that you ferment nettles in a five gallon bucket of rainwater (chlorine prevents fermenting, so tap water is out), and then dilute it for a plant drench, or dilute it further for a foliar spray. I first heard about purins on a local gardening show that had gone to visit a famous organic garden in France; the frenchwoman they interviewed said that the purin fortifies the plants so well that they hardly have any issues with insects. I should warn you that purins are supposed to smell to high heaven, though. I've also read that comfrey makes a reasonable toilet paper, if you had to do without regular toilet paper. Comfrey is really great for the compost pile though, because it draws minerals from way down in the soil where most vegetable roots don't reach, so when you compost comfrey, you add a lot of minerals to your pile. The idea behind the nettles and comfrey is to add to my soil fertility, which I hope to keep in the yard. Next fall, I'll try sowing some cover crops.
So my immediate future is a little crazy right now, but some of the stuff I'm planting is really for my long term future. It's very grounding to think about that. It helps a lot, actually.