A few years ago I brought some Comfrey plants into my garden. I'll be honest and admit that I dug them up from a patch on a roadside verge. I knew that Comfrey was a very hardy and resilient plant that would grow practically anywhere, and for this reason I thought I would establish a patch down at the bottom of my garden, in a place where nothing much else will grow because it is under the branches of my neighbour's Leylandii conifer- dry shade and lots of competition for scarce nutrients.
For a couple of years the comfrey did well and I was able to harvest a decent quantity with which to make "Comfrey Tea" as a plant food for my tomatoes and chillis.
However, the Leylandii tree has got bigger and has defeated even the Comfrey, which has been reduced to a few feeble shoots. I have therefore decided to move it and have another go.
I rounded up all the little Comfrey plants I could find, including this self-seeded one over by the fruit trees:
And a couple peeping up from underneath my Insect Hotel
There were six all told, and I have now re-planted them in a place where they will hopefully get a bit more light. It is still not a good place - sandwiched in between the compost bins - but it's the best I can afford.
|Comfrey in the foreground, Good King Henry in the background|
Here's a better view of the Good King Henry growing in the background:
So, let's see what happens... Will it re-establish? I hope so.
On a different note, how about this for appropriate planting? A tuber of potato "Red Duke of York" planted in a big red plastic bucket: