Comfrey: Past, Present and Future

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Your best bet will be to use a weedkiller like ammonium sulphamate. Comfrey will thrive in full sun or in partial to near full shade — there is usually a disused corner that will make a great site for your comfrey bed. Light sandy soils will benefit from organic matter.

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Being a fleshy plant it will need a lot of water and a soggy patch will be a plus. Turn the soil over and remove any perennial weed roots. Comfrey grows very densely and will be difficult to weed. It does tend to shade out most weeds once established. If you have any manure — even poultry manure — fork this into the top 6 inches of the soil. Comfrey is great for soaking up nutrients and, unlike most plants, will not burn with raw manure. You can obtain plants from The Organic Gardening Catalogue for most of the year but, if you can, plant in March, April, May or September for best results.

I start the plants off in pots — just to get them off to a good start — and then plant out. You can plant directly but I like to ensure success, especially as they can cost over a pound each! Block plant around 2 to 3 feet apart and stand back. You will be surprised how quickly they grow. When the flowers appear take a cut. I use a pair of shears and cut about 6 inches from the ground.

Comfrey has little hairs on the leaves, which can irritate. Not quite a cactus but near, so wear gloves. In the second year your comfrey patch starts to really pay off. In the spring it will leap back from its winter sleep.

Comfrey - Past, Present and Future

Your first cut will get the spuds off to a good start. After that you should get at least a further 3 cuts — even 4. To get further plants, push your spade through the middle of a plant and lever up a portion. Take root cuttings about 2 inches long and away you go again. Be careful as the bits left over will happily root wherever they fall.


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Comfrey can be made into a wonderful liquid feed — it is quite simple. Take a barrel or tub, add comfrey leaves, fill with water and leave for 3 to 5 weeks. It will smell like an open sewer when finished.

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The liquid can be used as a tomato feed. I tried this with a tub with a tap but it was always getting blocked, but if you put the leaves into an old potato sack it solves this problem. You can buy comfrey root on ebay. Du kanske gillar. Logic Pro X Spara som favorit.

The Many Uses of Comfrey

Skickas inom vardagar. Laddas ned direkt. Comfrey is noted by both organic gardeners and herbalists for its great usefulness and versatility. Of particular interest is the 'Bocking 14' cultivar of Russian comfrey. This strain was developed during the s by Lawrence D. Hills, who founded the organic gardening organisation now known as Garden Organic. Hills was the world authority on comfrey.

In this book, originally published in , he wrote for farmers and gardeners in all countries, showing how this useful plant could be cultivated in both tropical and temperate zones to produce a crop equally rewarding for gardener, smallholder and mechanised farmer.