I have a blueberry patch and some grape vines. Any reason why I shouldn't plant them there? I can plant them around some nice Gary oak trees, too.
Any other ideas or recommendations? Thanks!
Around trees is usually good, as you can chop and drop it right where it lives. Comphrey is a good place to start, but here are other things, like mountain mint or bee balm, that would be better beneficial insect feeders. Varieties of mulch makers are a good thing.
What's the difference between this plant and true comfrey (Symphytum officinalis)? The Bocking 14 cultivar of Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) is a sterile hybrid that will not self-seed and is extremely robust and vigorous. The true comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) is a bit less vigorous of a grower, has more elongated leaves and (I think) prettier flowers, and does indeed make seed. Although both types of comfrey (Russian and True) are useful for making medicine and making compost, in an ideal world one would use the bocking cultivar for producing large amounts of biomass for permaculture gardens, composting, and animal feed, and one would use the true comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) for medicinal purposes. Again, both types (and other species as well) are used interchangeably in agriculture and in medicine.
a sterile hybrid that will not self-seed and is extremely robust and vigorous
Oh that's interesting, hadn't heard of it being hybridized. The patches themselves will get gradually larger over time (at which point you an always harvest a few babies from around the edge and give them away or put them elsewhere), but the lack of seeds will make it easier to control, for sure.
Or does that mean another variety of comfrey planted nearby will make it have viable seeds?
i have intentions to someday divide this plant
readings say to make a tea for your plants and it is esp good in the potato rows
I was looking at creating a guild around an appletree, crabapple, and some kind of berry bush (IDK what it is). They were established before we moved in. It's close to our house and driveway. I had planned to use comfrey as one of the plants, but I'm concerned about it spreading. I know the bocking 14 is sterile, but I've read that it will still continue to spread/enlarge, even with chopping it down every 5-6 weeks, and at some point will need to be divided. Does anybody have experience with it?
I really don't want it to take over the guild.
i would love to dig and divide it..it being humongous
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Do scarlet runner beans make sense in your climate? They are perennial here, and my summers aren't hot enough to stop them from producing pods. They might be less of a disturbance than bush beans, and perhaps better-looking.
They wouldn't be perennial here. I was using the bush beans just b/c I had some left over seeds from last years annual garden.
it actually grows up and blooms once and then again blooms later in the season a second time..it is probably about 8 to 10 feet by fall ..that is across..and it has smothered all the plants that were nearby it....it is a brute...i'll look later for some photographs of it, i know i have some on my other computer.
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