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Comfery in raised of BIRB?

 
Bryan Baker
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Hi all,

I have a question about where to place comfrey. I have two 4X8 raised beds. Should I plant comfrey in the bed itself, or plant it in a bed on the side like this one?
http://www.grow-it-organically.com/attracting-beneficial-insects.html. I was going to try building a 4x4 bed like this on the side. My idea is to crop and drop some of the leaves into the main veggie beds. But I also wanted the comfrey in the main bed to help build the soil. Any thoughts would help me out greatly?
 
Sue Rine
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PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT grow comfrey in your garden beds. You will regret it to your dying day!!! Comfrey is a wonderful thing and I grow lots of it myself but ONLY in areas where it won't be disturbed eg around fruit trees as a living mulch. The clumps quietly get larger but if you disturb the plant EVERY little piece will grow and you will NEVER be rid of it. Sorry to be so shouty but it's such an invasive thing when disturbed. If you are going to use the leaves as a mulch on garden beds, cut them rather than pulling to make sure that you don't take any root attached to the leaf. Another great way to use the leaves is soaked in water as a liquid fertiliser.
 
Sue Rine
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Here's the link to a blog I wrote yesterday about the way I use comfrey as a mulch.

http://www.familyorganics.co.nz/sue-s-blog/lookmumnospray
 
Leila Rich
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Sue Rine wrote:PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT grow comfrey in your garden beds

I'll join in!
As far as I know we only have the sterile Bocking cultivars in NZ
but I'm pretty sure the spreading from root cuttings thing holds if you're growing 'true comfrey'-
plus bonus seeds...
Aside from that, the plants can get really big, and I don't think you'd end up with much room for anything except comfrey


 
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