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    Going to grow Comfrey. I have lots of possible locations, but where best?

    Next to the Water Butt to make tea.
    Next to the compost heap
    Under a hedge
    Near future pond site (for Ducks)
    In the chicken area - Do they like comfrey? to munch down if it gets out of control

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    Which comfrey is it?
    Sterile Bocking (which doesn't seed) or one of the others which self seed everywhere?
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    Main thing is to plant it somewhere that it doesn't get in the way, as moving it without the parts left in the soil regrowing is next to impossible, unless you use weedkiller.

    I've got mine on a bit of rough bank which would be awkward to grow anything else - the only downside being that of standing on the angle when cutting it.

    Bare in mind that comfrey does need a reasonable amount of sun, and that as it is a permanent placement you need to get rid of any perennial weeds like couch or bindweed before planting.
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    I'm growing from seed, so are the not the blocking type.

    I have a bit of orra (rough) land that was once a road, so not a great loss if it spreads., but a bit away from proposed compost sites and water butts

    Perhaps put in centre of proposed chicken area, then if it is in wrong place, chickens can kill it off

    The field still needs wind breaks, so sun not a problem today.

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    If you know anyone with some get them to dig up a bit of root for you. Even pieces only 1 inch long will grow into a new plant quite quickly.
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    4 Shoes don't grow from seed read Alans Allotment: Comfrey From Seed - DO NOT DO IT

    I have three comfrey beds on each of my allotments take a look at Alans Allotment: Comfrey
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    I've got both types. The seeding stuff is in a very damp bed. I can crop it repeatedly.
    The other stuff are much bigger plants and probably have spread more. I have noticed a stray bit of comfrey on another bed but it pulls out very easy and then goes in the tub of bits to plant elsewhere.
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    As you can see my garden is not exactly a well managed Allotment

    Currently I have an allotment sized area for veg with a temporary Green Debris netting barrier round it to keep out the rabbits, and similar sized area for fruit trees and a Strawberry Bed. Everything else is overgrown grass, willow herb, orra ground and some concrete (about 2 allotments worth).

    Sure there is a corner where wild things could grow.

    But is real answer is to grow comfrey as close to where the compost heap is, which should be next to main source of waste material, then near to proposed chicken area or polytunnel would be the answer. in the later case, blocking comfrey would be more appropriate.

    More thinking required.
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