Comfrey

Live Root Comfrey from Horizon Herbs

Live Root Comfrey from Horizon Herbs

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Comfrey. There are a few reasons I planted comfrey, mostly for food forest support. In this stage of the game I need bio-matter and lots of it. Comfrey’s roots grow deep and pull up nutrients and store them in its leaves. Those leaves produce the bio-matter I need. They will be cut and left as mulch to support other plants, bushes and trees.

In the permaculture realm it’s “chop and drop” which occurs when there is morning dew which helps the newly added mulch breakdown. So it’s not a summer task, especially not in Central Texas. Besides the leaves, comfrey’s roots will help penetrate my clay soil. This will help with water dispersal and give a carbon pathway after comfrey has moved on to the decaying side of plant live.

For other information check out Comfrey at Wikipedia.

Planting

Unwrapped Bundle of Comfrey

Unwrapped Bundle of Comfrey

The comfrey showed up in a nicely wrapped package. I knew I needed comfrey and wanted to get some before it was not available so I purchased some 3 months ago. It’s been sitting in my office until I planted it today. I was amazed how fresh and vibrant it was right out of the package. I thought it would be dried up like the asparagus I just planted.

Planted Comfrey root cutting

Planted Comfrey root cutting

Planting was a snap. They quickly went into the ground near the Hugelkultur swale. I planted one on the east side and two on the west side. They will fill in nicely and provide micro-climate for other plants to grow. Micro-climate being variations or edge or areas of transition. Hot->warm->cold, dry->moist->wet, sunny->partial shade->shade. More the variation more the variety makes a more stable system.

Planted Mulched Comfrey

Planted Mulched Comfrey

After getting the roots in the ground I mulched. I had plenty of mulch lying around. I made sure to mulch after the last rain, reason was to lock in the moisture. The little roots fell into their new home quickly and easily and so did the mulch. I decided to not leave the root exposed. I want it to work to bust out with growth. I’ll keep it moist to get established, but not wet. I don’t want them to rot in the ground. They’re going to look awesome near the asparagus.

Package Label of Horizon Herbs Comfrey

Package Label of Horizon Herbs Comfrey

I’m quite pleased with Horizon Herbs. Their diakon radish seeds I’d planted came up and are maturing. I also just planted wormwood and yarrow with some more diakon radish. They have some cool stuff. I just got their catalog in the mail and I’m itching to buy something.

Thanks for reading and get those seeds in the ground, grow some food.

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2 Responses to Planting Comfrey

  1. Ramin says:

    The yard is looking great! I am eemrisspd with your ingenuity at making the best with everything you have. I am in the process of building raised beds from scrap wood, but I made the mistake of designing the plots and ripping up the yard before measuring the wood. (I like how you specifically mention here that your beds were made to fit the wood . . . very smart)! Now I am tackling a lot of creative ends to tie together. Any strategies or tips on what kind of hardware (nails, screws, brackets, etc.) are especially handy when tacking mismatched wood together?

    • Tom says:

      I first started with smaller beds with the wood I had, I think they were 3.5′ x 3.5′. I used pallet wood. Then I patched them together. Those beds aren’t pretty but they’re holding soil and veg is growing. I used wood screws to patch them together with 2″ x 2″ boards at each of the corners.

      For my planned raised beds they’re 8′ x 4′ using long wood screws. I made sure to level them. It makes watering easier since the water doesn’t run to one side.