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lorrayne

Mulching with comfrey

Does anyone use comfrey this way ? I add it to the compost bin and make feed but I had thought about mulching the asparagus bed with it, probably watering it and adding a layer of compost - any ideas suggestions whether this would be useful or a waste of time?

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Slim

I've mulched with comfrey! It breaks down fairly quickly, so you'll want a big hedge of it for enough material to lay it down thick. Luckily the seeds are very rarely viable, so you don't have to worry about spent flower heads being mixed in.no smilies
lorrayne

Thank you Slim.no smilies
dpack

all three ways work for gardening

it is also a great wound herb for breaks and sprains as a poultice(root is best) but as it heals and seals fast is not suitable for punctures as the surface seals which can allow abscesses to develop

take care handling the stuff as the hairs are quite irritant :wink:no smilies
lorrayne

Oh dpack wish I'd known that 2 weeks ago - I broke my toe !!
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dpack

Oh dpack wish I'd known that 2 weeks ago - I broke my toe !!
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the comfrey poultice thing is very ancient but my grannie who was a first world war nurse and physio to a fa cup winning footy team really rated the stuff.from personal experience it works .no smilies
Pilsbury

Another name for comfery is knitbone, as for it not growing from seed thst is if you hsvevthd bocking 14 variety I believe cos my garden is full ofvthe stuff thsts selfseeded from somewhere....
still I much prefer the Comfery to the alkinet I had before.no smilies
dpack

a boiled pulp of the root and a bandage will actually set into a cast but for most purposes a poultice will do the job.no smilies
Slim

Another name for comfery is knitbone, as for it not growing from seed thst is if you hsvevthd bocking 14 variety I believe cos my garden is full ofvthe stuff thsts selfseeded from somewhere....
still I much prefer the Comfery to the alkinet I had before.


I only see it pop up where the plants has been pulled up root piece and all. Those roots appear to be everlasting, and can return in new places via spread compost!

(I'm not certain about cultivar differences though, so do take my experience in this regard as just that, only anecdotal!)no smilies
dpack

root division is the usual way to propagate the plant but as it seems to grow in new places with no soil disturbance i recon some strains can grow from seedno smilies NorthernMonkeyGirl

root division is the usual way to propagate the plant but as it seems to grow in new places with no soil disturbance i recon some strains can grow from seed

IIRC all comfreys regrow from root chunks, and all except Bocking 14 have fertile seeds too.no smilies
Slim

It's funny, around my father's house we'll never see the end of the comfrey because they always pop up from bits of root, but I've never seen a seedling!

Maybe we've just got the sterile line?


Edit: I guess we've only used a russian variety! https://notdabblinginnormal.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-comfrey-but-were-afraid-to-ask/no smilies
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