Okay, opinions please...
I have a Comfrey plant that someone gave me in June. It was a feeble
little thing when I got it but now it is like a show plant -- absolutely
huge, lush and vivid dark green. The root ball would probably fill a
bushel basket. I know if I leave it here, it will probably be mowed down
and destroyed and I'm wondering if it is worth it to move it? And if I try
to move it, how much can I cut it back (tops and/or roots) before I damage
it fatally? I'm taking a lot of my favorite smaller herbs with me because
I can't stand the thought of them being slaughtered but this is by far the
biggest outside plant I'm thinking of moving. My thirty-five year old Xmas
Cactus is the biggest indoor plant I'm moving. :)
When I purchase a plant from Nichol's all I got was a piece of root. I
then hacked it into pieces after about a year and most made it . Intent
was perennial chicken food additions.
Comfrey can be used a a fodder for chickens. Gives them something to
nibble on and it is perennial. Can also be used a green manure.
Fodder \Fod"der\ (f[o^]d"d[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
(f[o^]d"d[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. .]
To feed, as cattle, with dry food or cut grass, etc.; to
furnish with hay, straw, oats, etc.
Comfrey - be careful if you move it! Every tiny bit of root will re
grow. Its a great plant, its a useful plant - it makes medicine - it
makes great garden compost (do not put in seeds - do not put in roots,
let leaves air dry for a bit before adding to compost pile)
The chickens love it and you will be rewarded with lovely golden yellow
egg yolks, and healthier chickens. When I had a farm I just grew a
hedge of the stuff in the chicken run.
William Wagner wrote:
Comfrey "tea" makes an excellent drink for thirsty plants, too. :)
I've been cleaning the barn kittens eyes with a crushed leaf dipped in
water to clear up their goopy eyes. It's taken a while but they're all
Take all you want. You will not hurt comfrey, and neither will mowing
down. It will just come up again and again.
My son has a plant and I harvest every leaf for making my Comfrey
smelly-swamp tea. It grows back in a week. It is great for your
plants as fertilizer.
Be careful, be very careful!! If comfrey is in good
soil and gets water it can take over. Try to dig it out and every
inch piece of root that is left in the ground will sprout into a new
Seen the 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' with M. Mouse?? That broom must have
been made of comfrey. :^>
When I had to get it out of here, the only way I finished it off was
the whole area with a sheet of metal, weigh it down with concrete
and not let it get ANY water for 6 months.
I do like it, but in a pot, or at my son's house!
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