At the farm I grew a big patch of comfrey on the down hill slope from our composting bins. It is hard to see in the below photo as the pumpkin grew everywhere but between the corrugated compost bay side and the water tank is all comfrey. I started off with just 3 plants and just divided off some roots and allowed them to shoot. This big patch of comfrey helped us when we had a delay in getting our freezer cow processed as we used it as a feed supplement.
We used to hang bunches in the chicken pen for the chickens to eat which they loved especially when their grass was a bit dried out over the hot summer or when they were moulting.
I also used to make a liquid tonic for plants by soaking leaves in a sack in a bucket of water and this gave them a boost and when ever planting new plants a few leaves were always added to the bottom of the hole then covered by a layer of soil.
|Comfrey is buried below the pumpkin vine|
Comfrey is high on the list of plants for our NZ farm and as soon as I get there I plant on getting some plants in the ground and getting lots of root cuttings going as I know that we will need a lot of it in our plans for our garden. I am hoping to plant quite a bit of it to use in gardens as a ground cover, for making compost and for animals. As we already have our planting of trees along the roadside for a wind break in the ground I should be able to plant comfrey in this area without worrying about them being too invasive and not wanting them there in the future.
|Our windbreak planting which should be a good area for comfrey|
Do you grow a big patch of comfrey?
How do you use comfrey?