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Portland: Anyone have an abundance of Comfrey or Sunchokes willing to let me take a few shovelfulls?  RSS feed

 
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I'm in an urban 50X100ft city lot. I just planted some fruit trees and I'm hoping to establish a food forest type thing in a section of my yard. I've heard great things about comfrey being planted near trees. I would use it to mulch/fertilize the trees and the veggie gardens. I also have 6 chickens that might like to munch some.

I'm planning to put the sunchokes in the sidewalk strip (4ft wide space between the sidewalk and the street). They would be getting full sun. I was also thinking that it would be cool to interplant them with some sunflowers. I wanted grow pole beans up them and maybe squash on the ground level. Basically the "three sisters" with sunflowers and sunchokes instead of corn.

Anybody have any advice or thoughts about those ideas?

I've heard both these plants can be difficult to control so I thought someone might be ok with me coming to their place with a shovel and helping them keep these wonderful plants from spreading to areas where they aren't desired.

I'm in Northeast Portland near NE 14th and Ainsworth. I'd be happy to do some work or arrange a trade for the plants. Thanks!
 
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Hi! My partner and I live about a half hour outside of Portland. We have an abundance of sunchokes and could definitely part with a couple shovel-fulls We make trips to Portland every so often so we could bring you some if you'd like!
 
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Thanks Jahnavi! I'll send you a private message to coordinate.
 
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Martin, I stumbled across your post from a few years ago.  Did you ever get your hands on some Comfrey?  If not, I would happily send you some roots.

Both sunchokes and comfrey could easily take over the world...or at least the PNW.  With either, if you plant them in the ground, it is very hard to get rid of them.  Both will continue to spread outward until they reach some sort of barrier, so do be sure you have them where you want them.  :)  Along the parking strip sounds like a great place for the sunchokes.

Have fun with your urban garden!
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