Mike Haych wrote:Tom, do you have a source for the information that you are providing?
Xisca Nicolas wrote:
a mix of deep rooted species that accumulate large amounts of minerals effectively.
Cleaver and chickweeds are deep rooted???
John Polk wrote: • Cleavers Galium aparine (aka Goose-grass)
Rich in calcium (poultry love it), copper, iodine, silicon, and sodium
(Edible annual. Medicinal.)
Marc Troyka wrote:
Anyway, lab studies aren't relevant since comfrey has been shown to cause liver damage and has killed at least one person.
I have been feeding comfrey, by the 30-gallon garbage can full at a time, to cattle and hogs on my property for the past 30 years. Except for an occasional occurrence of fluke, not only have all livers been clean at slaughter, but the animals eat comfrey with great gusto, and fatten up on it considerably. When sheep have been on my pastures, they have eaten comfrey right down to the ground. So I'm going to side with Juliette de Bairacli Levy on this one. I spread it everywhere i can on my five acres. I find it the single most useful plant I have available.
Daniel Hall wrote:Comfrey is always devoured by deer on my property. It is hard to believe that it could be so desireable to wild animals yet poisonous to others as animals have insticts about what is edible. Both comfrey and yarrow are great bioactivators for compost but they must be dried first as comfrey easily roots from the stem and is nearly impossible to eradicate once established as it has a large deep tap root. Yarrow runs underground like wildfire so make sure they can't invade other areas. I plant them in the mulch beneath my fruit trees and chop or pull and toss on top to dry. This is my preference and I don't expect everyone to want to use the same method with these persistent plants.