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    rauni is offline Seedling
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    Default Where to get Comfrey?

    I want to grow some comfrey for fertilizer, but how do I start? I've never seen seeds. My mum used to have it as a rampant weed at her old house, which was an old Stable cottage, as they used it for poultices for the horses. She was always trying to get rid of it, and now I want some I can't find it! Any suggestions?

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    Default Comfrey

    You need to buy something called 'Blocking 14@ which is the strain most benefical to gardeners.

    You could try: http://www.organiccatalog.com/catalog/

    It will no doubt be stocked by other seed companies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rauni
    I want to grow some comfrey for fertilizer, but how do I start? I've never seen seeds. My mum used to have it as a rampant weed at her old house, which was an old Stable cottage, as they used it for poultices for the horses. She was always trying to get rid of it, and now I want some I can't find it! Any suggestions?
    if you live anywhere near kettering .ive got loads on my allotment which you are welcome to come & fetch

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    I am interested in comfrey as a plant with many uses. However everything I have read leads me to belive it will take over my garden and I will never be able to control it. One person said it was more pervasive than bindweed to get rid of. Having spent the last seven years fighting aginst that nasty nasty nasty (see no naughty words ) bindweed, I am a little scared to sow or plant comfrey even though I would love to be able to gather its leaves.
    Perhaps I should plant it in my neigbours garden after all the grass and weeds in their garden gets higher each year. Last year there were elephants and tigers at the bottom of their garden.

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    Default Grow it contained

    I grow my comfrey is a contained trench and at home in pots, it has a lovely flower and the leaves are useful as either shredded mulch or as liquid feed.

    Agree though, don't ever grow it open soil, it will spread and it is really hard to get rid of.

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    Comfry is fantastic as a feed / mulch giving a good boost to plants but it is also my best (secret!!) weapon against slugs.

    Bet thats got you thinking!
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    Default Comfrey vs Slugs

    C'mon then Geordie
    Whaddya do, roll up the leaves and batter the little beggars to death ????
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    Yes Geordie you have got to tell us your secret. Don't worry we will not tell anyone else!
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