Permaculture forum: Dave talks plants with the Permaculture Voices podcast

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Mar 10, 2014 11:09 AM CST

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Permaculture Voices Podcast said:Dave Whitinger of All Things Plants joins me for a to chat about different [permaculture] plants that he grows.

Most of these plants are class permaculture plants. They are plants that perform multiple functions within a system. Many of these are sadly considered weeds – comfrey, lambs quarter, dandelion, yarrow, mint, and more.

Dave talks about his experiences with each of the plants, what functions they perform, and some of the ways that he is using the plants in his system.


http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast/permaculture-plant...
Name: joseph wittenberg
high desert (Zone 8b)
Permaculture Region: California
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grizzlyjoe
Mar 10, 2014 3:16 PM CST
Just posted an identical thread! I did a search and didn't see yours somehow.... I'll see if i can erase my thread, or I'm sure you can.
Great talk by the way. I think you may have pointed out why my comfrey died too. I think Diego and I share a somewhat similar climate so I think some shade would do them well. Checked out horizon and it seems they are $3 a cutting now.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Mar 10, 2014 4:30 PM CST

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I locked your other thread and directed people here. Thumbs up

I'm glad you liked the podcast. There's another one coming in the future with Diego and me that's more about business and web stuff. Diego is a really, really good interviewer.

That comfrey should definitely grow for you. Just give it a nice shady area and I bet it'll work out fine. If I had known, I would have included a few roots in the box I sent you a couple weeks ago.
Name: joseph wittenberg
high desert (Zone 8b)
Permaculture Region: California
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grizzlyjoe
Mar 10, 2014 5:08 PM CST
I may just go to the local nursery and get a couple of plants and do the root splitting way that you talked about in the show.
I've really enjoyed his podcast, it's been a good primer for the conference coming up that I am still so amazed I get to go to! Thanks again...
Name: Buttonwillow
Western slope of the Sierra Ne (Zone 9a)
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buttonwillow
Mar 17, 2014 9:50 AM CST
I enjoyed your appearance on Permaculture Voices podcast. The thing about comfrey prefering some shade , especially in the afternoon, struck home with me. I received two miserable little bits of root last spring and planted them in separate beds, neither of which receive a lot of sun. The one in the sunnier bed faded away but the other, which had the shade of surrounding plants to shield it in the afternoon, survived and I was very happy to see it had returned from dormancy a few weeks ago.
Jane
USDA zone 9a
Sunset climate zone 7





Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Mar 17, 2014 10:02 AM CST

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Congratulations on its return from dormancy. Once you get a good patch of comfrey going, it's like having a gold mine on your property that keeps giving.

What part of the world do you garden in?
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
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Toni
Mar 19, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Hi Dave,
I am a little late to the party, but wanted to let you know I listened and enjoyed your podcast with Diego Footer on permaculture voices. It is funny that my Comfrey experiences are just opposite from Buttonwillow. I am here in the Northwest portion of Oregon and my Comfrey does the very best where it gets the most sun. Geoff Lawton posted a link about Comfrey on his facebook page that I thought was very interesting. I would have reposted the link here but I don’t know how Shrug! I also enjoyed you talking about Yarrow. That has encouraged me to seek some out for my property. And I have been formulating a plan for my chicken habitat very similar to what you have described. Thanks again for a wonderful podcast. I know I had a couple questions right after I listened, but darn if I can’t remember what they were Whistling
Toni
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Mar 24, 2014 6:21 PM CST
Toni,

If Northwest Oregon is like Northwest Washington state, it may be that what we think of as "sunny", they would think of as "shady".

I know that Dave lives in Texas, and can dry small tomatoes by just cutting them in half and exposing them to the sun on a hot day.

Just being farther North makes "our Sun" less intense, even if we do have a dry summer.

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