Raine Bradford

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Washburn, Missouri
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Hi friends.  I have some really nice comfrey root cuttings available, $2 each, less if you order in quantity.  Minimum 5 cuttings.  It is the Bocking 14 variety and does not set seeds.  These are generous, hefty root cuttings that include a portion of the crown and emerging leaves. I have been growing it for many years and have it all over the gardens and around all the fruit trees on the farm.  I have set up a listing on Seedwise.com with more info and a place to order securely.  Thanks for supporting a small farm!
Raine Bradford, CHANGE Farms, Washburn Missouri

https://www.seedwise.com/listing/250/russian-comfrey-bocking-14-cultivar#.WHvOknNMHqA
Hi friends.  My comfrey patch is growing like crazy this spring!  I have some really nice root cuttings, $2 each, less if you order in quantity.  Minimum 5 cuttings.  It is the Bocking 14 variety and does not set seeds.  These are generous, hefty root cuttings that include a portion of the crown and emerging leaves. I have been growing it for many years and have it all over the gardens and around all the fruit trees on the farm.  I have set up a listing on Seedwise.com with more info and a place to order securely.  Thanks!
Raine Bradford, CHANGE Farms, Washburn Missouri

https://www.seedwise.com/listing/250/russian-comfrey-bocking-14-cultivar#.WHvOknNMHqA
Thanks for the order Scott!  I'll email you before I ship them.    Happy growing!
Hi friends.  I am taking pre-orders now for Bocking 14 comfrey root  cuttings.   I have set up a listing on Seedwise.com with more info.  Thanks!
Raine Bradford

https://www.seedwise.com/listing/250/russian-comfrey-bocking-14-cultivar#.WHvOknNMHqA
Leila, I know this is an old post, but I used trichoderma this spring for leaf curl and it worked wonders!!! I got a powder that was a mix of trichoderma and mycorrhizal beneficial fungi from website called kelp4less. I mixed it and made a foliar spray. I did it about 4 weeks after leaves emerged and there was already a lot of fruit set. I saw new healthy growth within a few days. I sprayed again about 10 days later, as the website recommended. Most of the infected leaves have dropped off by now (a month later) and you can barely tell there was a problem. Fruit looks fine. Can't believe people don't know about this.
3 years ago
I am going to have quite a good supply of comfrey root cuttings available next spring. It is the Bocking 14 cultivar which produces sterile seeds. The easiest way to order it is from the Seedwise website:

https://www.seedwise.com/listing/250/russian-comfrey-bocking-14-cultivar-pre-order#.VJMGssAw

I have written about comfrey and how to grow it on the website. I can also answer any of your questions here on the permies forum. By the way, it you are not familiar with Seedwise, you should check it out! It is a relatively new website that allows you to purchase organic, non-gmo seeds, bulbs and root cuttings directly from the farmer. Lots of fun!
Happy Growing!

Raine Bradford
Lost Acre Farm
West Fork, AR
Hey permie friends, I just want to let everyone know wonderful Ken's comfrey is. I messaged him last November that I wanted some, but he said he wouldn't be digging it until this spring. True to his word, he remembered me and got in touch with me about it last month. I ordered 10 pounds, he shipped it immediately, and it is absolutely beautiful. Most root cuttings had crowns attached with new sprouts already starting to grow. The ones I planted out 4 days ago already have leaves on them! It was a pleasure to do business with you Ken! I am so thrilled to finally have comfrey in my garden. Thank you so much!
Raine Bradford

Walter Jeffries wrote:We had guineas for a few years. They are loud. I ate them. I find that our chicken laying hens are just as good at catching ticks and other insects. The chickens are much quieter, better meat and produce more eggs that are larger and of better quality than guineas do.

The remedy that I have read of for ticks, lice and such is to pour vegetable oil in a line down the back of the pigs. I've also heard of pouring it in their ears. This is supposed to suffocate the parasites. I've never done it as we have never had a problem with these parasites and our pigs. I have read of some people using motor oil but I would not do that as it has chemicals in it that I would not want tainting my pork. Stick with vegetable oil.



Walter, do you have squash bugs where you live? I was considering getting guineas this spring to control the ticks and squash bugs. We got 15 chickens this winter though, who free range, and I have heard mixed info on chickens' bug-eating preferences. If they will eat ticks and squash bugs, I would be happy to skip the guineas.
6 years ago
This is WONDERFUL information! Thank you Walter and John! For the great links and taking the time to answer my questions. I love the idea of seeding some medicinal herbs. I'll be putting up the electric fence/training area today in an area of tough pasture grass where I want part of my vegetable garden. So excited to let these guys go to work for me!

Also, when you (Walter) were talking about reseeding with the mob seeding method, why isn't the manure in there going to be too "hot" for the new seedlings?

And one more: John, when you talked about the pigs self-medicating, I assume that they also understand NOT to eat what is poisonous. We have a lot of poke weed here, and while it is very medicinal, the root is especially poisonous, even to pigs, from what I've read. But it seems like as long as they have plenty of forage to choose from, they would eat smart and stay away from the bad stuff. Am I on track with that thinking?
6 years ago
Thank you Walter! I was just reading some of the vast information on your website. I will definitely be referring to it often. You and I are living in very different climates, as I am in Arkansas, but the principals still apply I'm sure. When you re-seed, do you just go in after the pigs have torn it up sufficiently, and throw down your seed mixture? Or is there more to it than that? Also, are your blackberries the ones with vicious thorns? For some reason, I just can't imagine anything eating them. I don't need to fence them off to save them for us, as there are plenty everywhere. I would like to get red of them in the one area I spoke of. Thanks again!
6 years ago