|~ comfrey ~|
I try to find ways to make certain weeds work for me & sometimes I will actually go out of my way to find them & bring them onto my property! Today's weed is: comfrey.
|~ huge root ~|
The piece I'm holding on the left shows how large that root has become & I was not gentle when digging this one out.
|~ another large root ~|
I've also made a compost tea from the leaves - cut several large handfuls of leaves & stalks, throw them into a 5 gallon bucket, fill with water, put a cover over it & then leave it for 7 to 10 days. The smell is awful, so watch you don't splash it on you. I dilute the liquid fertilizer & water in around my plants.
Another benefit to comfrey are the abundant flowers - the bees love them & apparently, so do ducks! I would feed our ducks last year some chopped up comfrey in their water dishes & when the plant was in flower, I'd share that with them too. I'm amazed that they didn't discover where the plants were growing & tromp all over them (I have to regrow all my thyme plants this year because of this bizarre behaviour of sitting on top of herb plants).
I initially started off with 4 plants & after my division this spring, I now have 12 with potentially 3 or 4 more from just small root cuttings... Potentially creating a monster by having so many, but I'm learning it is sometimes easier to 'grow your own soil' than bring it in...