Category Archives: Beneficial Plants

October 26, 2015

Comfrey – the silent worker!

I grow Comfrey under my fruit trees to suppress the weeds. My dad gave me a small handful of roots over ten years ago when he was moving house. I put them in the ground and from that handful I have a truck load (not quite, but you know what I mean).

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The plants dieback in Winter but grow back in Spring as they are Perennial. The plant has purple flowers which attract bees and pollinating insects.

But wait there are more benefits.

  • Comfrey is nutrient accumulator which means its roots reach deeply into the soil accessing nutrients and then accumulating the nutrients in the leaves (Nitrogen and Phosphorous to name just a few). The leaves can be chopped back numerous times in a season and used as green mulch to fertilise.
  • When leaves are added to the compost they provide nutrients and speed up decomposition
  • Chickens like to eat the leaves which in turn provide them with calcium

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