Russian Comfrey

The Russian Comfrey is not just any plant; it’s a permaculture superstar. As a potent nitrogen fixer, it thrives when planted alongside trees, absorbing and storing nitrogen from the atmosphere to enrich the soil. We regularly cut it, and just the other day, we captured a moment of it being transported in a wheelbarrow to be immersed in our blue bin filled with water. This process transforms the comfrey into a nutrient-rich compost tea, which we then lavish on our plants to boost their vitality. Using the technique known as “chop and drop”, comfrey can also be cut and spread around trees or plants. When it dries, it is then worked into the soil. Below, comfrey is placed around a tree and the stone butterfly garden flowers.

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