Mike Guillory

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I transplanted 12 root cuttings from some 30 year old bushes that were on my dads place. They have literally taken off and I do believe that all of them are going to make it. They were transplanted in Nov. along a ditch and mulched heavily with pine straw. Digging the root cuttings was easy. It shouldn't be hard to find someone that would be willing to let you dig some up.
7 years ago
I was successful at germinating the comfrey seeds that I received from Great Britain. My goal is to plant the comfrey around my fruit trees and chop and drop them for mulch. They will also be a food source for free range chickens once my fruit trees are bigger. I already have white clover around the trees, however I wanted a plant to keep the grass down throughout the year and I settled on comfrey as my choice. Any thoughts or ideas on my plans or perhaps suggestions for another nutrient dropping plant would be appreciated.
7 years ago
Hi everyone.  If there is anyone that knows where I can get shittake mushroom spores, please link the source.  I want to get started in mushrooms and I need the spores.

Thanks
Mike Guidry from Sulphur Louisiana asks:  Geoff, you spent time here in Louisiana working with the army corps of engineers.  What are your thoughts on the best water harnessing methods for land that is mostly flat?  Thank you. .... And thank you also Paul for doing this.
7 years ago
If I see someone in need, I will try to help them if I can.  If someone asks me for help then I also will do what I can to help them out.  If someone tells me to give of my increase or time, I may or may not help them depending on the circumstance.  If someone through force or coercion takes from me, then I will probably fight them (except in the case of taxes).
7 years ago
What kind of shrubs/vines do you have?  I have blueberries, blackberries, and will be getting some muscadines. 
7 years ago
Then I found out the flourescent bulbs were not even made here in America.  How many thousands of jobs sacrificed so that mercury from the flourescent bulbs can enter into our ground water stream.  We must also be very careful with the fluorescent bulbs so as not to break them and subject our children to mercury poisoning.  On the bright side however, my utility bill was lowered by a few dollars per month.
7 years ago

ivan. wrote:
I have huge stands of comfrey here on Vashon Island WA, near Seattle and Tacoma. It was here when I bought the place in 1976. I feed it to cattle by the garbage can load, and they devour it readily, as do my two flocks of chickens. For a time I ran my neighbor's sheep on one of my pastures, and they went for the comfrey first and grazed it right to the ground.

The variety I have appears to be symphytum officinale, the kind that reproduces from seed. I have seen seedlings sprouting that, upon examination, had little to no root. If that is so, I consider myself fortunate.

The comfrey is thick in one pasture where I'll be putting 16 pigs in a few weeks. I expect them to feast on the roots while leaving me enough root fragments to make even thicker stands of comfrey in the summer, after butchering the hogs.
Thanks Ivan.  The more I learn about this herb, the more I can't wait to get some.

I use comfrey liberally for mulching damn near everything, and to make liquid fertilizer. For the fertilizer, I have a topless 55-gallon plastic drum, with a bunghole at the bottom of the side, into which I put used bricks, on the long edges, around the inside perimeter of the barrel. On the bricks are a couple of round barbecue grates. On top of that goes garbage cans full of comfrey leaves and stems.

I weigh the leaves down with a plastic garbage can lid that is just smaller than the inside circumference of the plastic drum. I weigh this down with a couple of bricks, to keep the comfrey leaves compressed.

At this point I should say that many recipes for liquid comfrey fertilizer tell you to add water to the leaves. I'm telling you right now -- DO NOT DO THIS! The stench will drive you mad, and you should  never do this where neighbors might smell it. It simply is not necessary to dilute comfrey juice until you are ready to use it.

Every week or so, I add more comfrey to the top. After a while, the brown comfrey liquor comes out of the bunghole into a waiting container. I decant it into 2-gallon plastic jugs (old cat litter jugs are perfect for this; people should be happy to give them away free) and stir it.

When I need to use it on plants, I dilute it with rain water 20 to 1 (tap water is just fine), and apply it either as a drench or as a foliar spray.

One other thing I use it for, in the same 20-1 ratio, is to quench biochar. Not only does this put out the fire, it "charges" the biochar with nitrogen, potassium, and whatever other mineral element is in the comfrey.

My plan is to spread comfrey to all four corners of my 5 acres, and learn eventually how to make salve for wounds from the root. I hope all this is helpful.


     

7 years ago
Fluorescent bulbs are great and I couldn't say anything bad about them, until I needed a brooder bulb for my chicks.  Sometimes things serve a purpose other than light.  When we as a people or Govt. ban something we should step back and examine all of the uses of a given item before we eliminate its existence.
7 years ago
While I don't think I could do it, I would follow this experiment with passion.  Good luck with this and please keep me posted as to developments regarding this venture.  I would like to live near such a community.  It would be nice to have good neighbors to barter with.
7 years ago