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Beautiful broccoli

broccoli and strawberries
The way Anna prepares fresh broccoli and strawberries is a thing of beauty.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Have you guys ever used comfrey in any form for fertilizer? I have a plant that I've been trying to get rid of in one of my beds, but I would move it if it's a good fertilizer.
Comment by Tressa Sat Jun 7 22:22:23 2014

Tressa --- I'm afraid you're not going to be able to get the comfrey out of that bed. I've tried digging up all of the roots that I could find then laying down a kill mulch...and the comfrey patch will be just as big a few months later. Best to just turn that into a designated comfrey bed.

That said, the tops are great mulch as long as you're careful not to let them root, and chickens and ducks love the young plants when the birds are about six to ten weeks old. (Not sure why that age range is so specific, but that's been my experience with them.) I hope that helps you find a use for your comfrey!

Comment by anna Sun Jun 8 15:45:56 2014





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