The Wonderful Comfrey: A question about dead leaves

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The Wonderful Comfrey

By dave
March 24, 2015

Comfrey is incredible. It's a soil builder, a fertilizer, a compost enhancer, has medicinal properties, is a good feed source for animals, and much more. Let's talk about this chief of plants.

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 24, 2015 9:02 AM CST
I have last years leaves still around the plant. Can they be used to kick start the compost or do they need to be green? I usually crush them up and scatter them around.
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dave
Mar 24, 2015 10:12 AM CST

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The brown leaves will not help kickstart the compost. They have to be green and fresh in order to work.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 24, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Okay, Thank You!
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LindaTX8
Mar 24, 2015 11:39 AM CST
They might not kickstart the compost, but will still decompose either left on the ground or in the compost. From time to time, I cut off and throw old brownish comfrey leaves in the compost, since they don't look nice left in place. Then I put some finished compost around the comfrey.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Mar 24, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Thank you. I do crunch and scatter it. The other plants seem t like it.

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