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That amazing Comfrey

Symphtum uplandicum

Symphtum uplandicum

As I learn more about food forestry I’m constantly in awe of the usefulness of some plants.  Comfrey is one that really amazes me because it can do so much for the garden and for us.  Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is highly medicinal aiding in wound healing and anti-inflammation.  For the food forest is provides much soil building mulch.  Comfrey is considered a bio-accumulator because it pulls potassium, calcium and magnesium up through its tap root into its leaves.  These leaves later decompose in the soil and give back those nutrients that would’ve been hard for other plants to access.  Comfrey also fights compaction with it fat taproot.  Comfrey provides excellent shelter for beneficial insects and spiders.  I’m sure there’s even more Comfrey can do, clearly no garden should be without this workhorse of a plant.

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Great book on the future of our gardens

read this book and you'll want to make some changes

read this book and you'll want to make some changes

I love borrowing books from my local library so I’m always searching their catalog for things I’m interested in.  My “food forest” search lead me to The New American Landscape – Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening.  What I most love about this book is it’s format.  Because it is a gathering of experts in the fields of ecology, horticulture, soil biology, landscape design, permaculture, bio-instensive farming, etc… it really hits home for me on so many levels.  This multi-angle attach synthesizes from the soil (managing soil health) to the roof (green roofs) and everywhere in between what can be done to shape our own yards into ecologically contributing spaces.  I highly recommend this book for sustainable landscape beginners and experienced gardeners alike.

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