For those of you who follow the Farming In My Fifties blog this is a repeat offer. Back in the fall, I posted about making Comfrey Oil and offered comfrey root to anyone who wished to start their own comfrey. Now that spring has arrived…well, almost, it’s snowing here, I’d like to renew the offer for anyone in a planting mood.
Since this give away is open to everyone, I’ll need the postage and supplies reimbursed. For $2, you will get enough freshly-dug root piece(s) to start 3 plants. It may be one long root piece that can be cut into 3 smaller root pieces.These roots are from well-established plants. They will be wrapped in a moist paper towel and then in foil and mailed First Class. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you my PayPal or mailing address, whichever you prefer.
It is wise to plant the roots immediately where you want them to stay permanently. They do grow wider/fuller each year. It is fairly easy to move well-established plants to a new location, but bear in mind that whatever root pieces are left behind during transplanting will start new plants. I’ve moved my plants three times and now have it growing in three locations. Purdue provides comprehensive info on the uses and cultivation of comfrey.
Besides medicinal purposes, comfrey has about the same amount of protein as legumes and can be used as a livestock feed. It is perennial and the number plants can easily be increased by crown divisions or root cuttings. You could wind up with enough comfrey to put a dent in your feed bill, for free.