Recently I discovered the true usage for comfrey. Shortly after that I discovered that there is a wealth of it already on the homestead. Where I thought I had one plant now I am finding it all over. This has to do with my previous ignorance to the plant. When we first bought the property it was only a plant that made me itch, and I was warned about how “badly”it spread. Knowing this I chopped it wherever I found it and tossed it over the bank.

comfrey plant

Since I have found out about its true nature, I have pressed it into service. Because of its massive nitrogen content it makes gold standard fertilizer, for free. The homestead now has a full time comfrey teapot, and I have plans to integrate it in the next batch of compost.

comfrey tea

comfrey tea close up

One of the other projects I am planning is to use these great plants to disadvantage out another nasty invasive. More on that coming soon. The first method I have tried is simply disadvantaging the invasive plant and sticking clippings of comfrey into the bare patch.
Another method I am thinking about is one I heard that made me laugh. I first heard of this method on a podcast. Out of all the “tractors” a homesteader uses the comfrey tractor is probably the most inventive. I plan to use this device to push out an invasive plant that has taken over my river bank.
In time the comfrey could be used as a salve, once I learn more about it. Comfrey should never be used internally, unless of course you happen to like liver failure.

comfrey plant by fence

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