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    diannemary is offline Germinator
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    Hello can anyone help I have an HUGE patch over comfrey which is great to have and very useful for composting and fertiliser but i have more than I or anyone at my allotment can use. How can i limit it?

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    Hi DM, it would help if you let us know where your lottie is(area will do for a start), someone might be nearby and may take some away for you. Stopping it from seeding will help slow down it's spreading habit, cut it down before it flowers, if it's not too late.
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    First I'll say hello and welcome to the vine

    If you're already adding comfrey to you compost heap and making comfrey tea you could chop and drop it and use it as a mulch. As for limiting it if its bocking 14 could advertise it on freecycle but if its the other type that sets seed you'll have to not let if flower and dig some of the plants up. Hopefully that should limit the area it covers.
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    Wow, too much comfrey - what a position to be in I'm going to be planting more of it under my hedge.

    What do you use it for at the moment and how do you use it? Comfrey Concentrate is a great way to use it up - at the moment I use an airtight bucket with a tap and pack it full of leaves (no water) - once I have enough I'll be making one out of a bin or water butt. It's not just for toms but can be used all over the place.

    Digging up the roots may not get rid of it as the roots grow deep and grow back but might limit it's spread by using up its energy.

    Hacking it back more often might limit it's grow a bit if it has to keep renewing it's leaves.

    Use it for mulching the plot. keep cutting it back, tearing it up into smaller chunks and spreading it around everything. Not only are you then supressing weeds and keeping in the moisture but feeding the soil ad plants to boot. It's particularly good around things that need potassium such as fruit or alliums but also contains a fair amount of nitrogen so is handy around leafy plants as well (potassium is also used throughout the plants, not just fruit).

    You could dry some of the leaves and store them to use with your spuds next year (mine isn't ready until after the spuds have gone in) or powder the dried leves and add them to potting mixes.

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    some good answers,my hens love the leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    Hi DM, it would help if you let us know where your lottie is(area will do for a start), someone might be nearby and may take some away for you. Stopping it from seeding will help slow down it's spreading habit, cut it down before it flowers, if it's not too late.
    Hi thanks for your reply I'm in Somerset, its already in flower but i will remember for next year, I will leave some for the bees though
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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    Hi DM, it would help if you let us know where your lottie is(area will do for a start), someone might be nearby and may take some away for you. Stopping it from seeding will help slow down it's spreading habit, cut it down before it flowers, if it's not too late.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bren In Pots View Post
    First I'll say hello and welcome to the vine

    If you're already adding comfrey to you compost heap and making comfrey tea you could chop and drop it and use it as a mulch. As for limiting it if its bocking 14 could advertise it on freecycle but if its the other type that sets seed you'll have to not let if flower and dig some of the plants up. Hopefully that should limit the area it covers.
    Hi Bren I've been Reading up on your ideas, and i will be making lots of mulch digging it up isn't an option as I've read the roots can get to 6 feet down!! thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diannemary View Post
    Hi thanks for your reply I'm in Somerset, its already in flower but i will remember for next year, I will leave some for the bees though
    Cut the flowers off before they set seed; that way the bees can have their share and you'll can still slow it down.
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