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Old 01-18-2011, 01:31 PM
paul wheaton paul wheaton is offline
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Default growing comfrey from seed

Apparently, this is "true" comfrey, NOT "russican comfrey".

In permaculture, this is often planted under fruit trees because it helps the fruit trees.

Comfrey is sometimes called "knit bone" because of how effective it is for mending bones.

Apparently the FDA is coming down on comfrey because it has dangerous alkaloids in it. It has about 1/100th the dangerous alkaloids that beer has.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:17 PM
motdaugrnds motdaugrnds is offline
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Default comfry

Hello Paul,
I've noticed you have a lot of posts with some great information. Thanks for being so generous.

I've been growing comfry for several years now and love it. The one I grow is Bocking14 and I rarely let it flower. I use it for my family, my animals and my garden. Yes it brings up nutrients from quite deep, about 8 ft if I remember correctly. And when I chop it up (or even just lay the leaves out flat) for mulch in the fall, my vegetation has a nice start in the spring. (This makes a great tea too, but I wouldn't advise drinking it too frequently due to the alkaloids. It is great for bleeding ulcers. I've tried it! I've also made the mistake of using it as a compress directly on my skin....too strong and gave me a rash!)
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