July 08, 2010

Nature is always providing, the problem is it goes mostly without human notice. In search of money, we are not available to utilize what magically appears and is offered freely.

When I met comfrey, I thought it was an invasive weed. It grew in places I didn't want it to and it was bristly to walk next to. None of my animals really wanted to eat it. I had to cut it down every month to stop it from taking over my garden.

Not anymore, I love comfrey now. Like with any plant you are getting to know it takes time to understand its nuances. It is also a perennial herb. It attracts bees early in the season when there are few flowers. It draws nutrients from deep in the earth for the other plants to use. One of these is potassium making comfrey excellent fertilizer for flowering plants. The leaves accelerate decomposition so are very effective in the compost bin. It makes an excellent shady companion for strawberries. The large leaves make excellent mulch. It is also a medical plant with a long history of healing.

Now to make a short story longer, today I went to water the new berry patch, first time after a month of rain, it was needed. I couldn't find my honeyberry females anywhere. I saw the males they were hard to miss, mostly brown with little green tips (the move was hard on them), poking out of the comfrey plants. It was only when I took a deep look into the patch of comfrey that the females were found. They were surrounding this little bushes like a protective shield as the female honeyberries were lush and very healthy. They were the only comfrey plants in the whole garden grown from volunteer seed to be at the right place at the right time.


  1. I too, have just been turned on to comfrey this year. I will be growing this in the future, thanks for the insight!

  2. Comfrey is a wonderful plant. Unfortunately, I don’t have it growing, although it’s very common around here. I will have to buy it somewhere, either a plant or seeds.

  3. I grow comfrey too. Its a great fertilizer and good for the chickens, as well.

  4. I love my comfrey, but it has gotten a lot larger than I expected it to. However, it's hard to have too much of it! Thanks for sharing.

    I love the "right place at the right time" comment at the end. So many plants seem to be out of place and time, and sometimes people do, too, when all along it turns out that we are exactly where we need to be.

  5. My husband has a problem with comfrey. He thinks that the roots go all the way to China. Since it became very invasive, we dug most of it up, but, because it all needs a smidgen of a root, it seems to pop up somewhere and anywhere in the garden. When it does, you will see my husband, with a shovel, digging as deep as he can so he can get those roots that are traveling to China. hehe
    I started growing it because it is known to be good for healing your cuts and bruises. If I need it, all I have to do is search and I know I will find it somewhere (even growing by the burn pile). And it seems to bloom all the time, attracting bees and creating beauty in the garden (as long as I keep some hidden from my husband).