The Comfrey Is Coming Up. Hooray!

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    Today I put the soaker hose along the edge of the front fence where I planted the comfrey last spring. I have been raking the pine needles out from the area, and watering it, because the pine trees sscarf up every single drop of water , and also keep rain from falling on the ground under the trees.
    Anyway, today, I noticed a few tiny sprout of comfrey coming up. I planted about 15 plants last year, and most of them came up and grew last summer. This year, I amy be able to divide up some of the roots and propagate a few more plants.
    Comfrey puts roots down as far as 10 feet into the ground, so it can reach deeply buried nutrients that many other plants never get to, and the leaves are great as a compost or for making a green manure tea to water other garden veggies like the tomatoes.
    I also use the leaves like spinach, and chop some up if I am making a scrambled egg. They are kind of fuzzy on the underside, which makes them not very good to jusst use raw on salads or sandwiches. I have done both of those things, and they don't taste bad; but the fuzzy leave are just weird in your mouth; so now I either put them in green smoothies, or cook them before eating the leaves.

    Comfrey is a perennial plant, so it is like dandelions, and once you have some, you have it forever, as opposed to greens that you have to replant each spring.

     
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    I've heard the word "comfrey" as a plant but didn't know anything about it. After that video, I do now! I enjoyed it, thanks @Yvonne Smith .
     
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    Then you're definitely a step ahead of me, @Ruby Begonia , because I've never heard of it. When I saw the subject line, I thought it was about an upcoming obscure holiday or something. Okay, so I'm weird. :D
     
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    (Chuckling quietly to myself after reading this)
    Well, @Mari North , you are close to being right ! The comfrey coming up might not be quite so uch a holiday; but it IS a day of celebration........ At least for me.
    I love comfrey ! My mom used to grow it, and I have grown it (and packed roots along when we moved) for many years now.
    Because of its amazing healing propertiess and nutrition, people have used comfrey as both a food and a medicine for hundreds (if not thousands) of years now.
    Like some other maligned plants, they did those experiments where they literally stuffed it down lab mice from the time they were born until they died, and even though they lived to be very old mice, some of them had liver damage.
    Was it from the comfrey ? Who knows. In any case, you would have to eat TONS of the stuff to come even close to the amounts forced into those poor mice, and the dangers were certainly far less than most of those patented medications we see advertised all of the time on television.
    I have used comfrey for many years now, and with no ill effects, as have many other people; and it is a no-effort nutritious food and medicine, once you have it started. Plus, it makes a pretty border along the fence and in front of the house.
     
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