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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 13, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Someone was asking about comfrey but I cannot remember which forum or which thread! Sorry, but here's the link for where we got ours.

http://www.coescomfrey.com/Coes_Comfrey___General_Informatio...
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 13, 2013 2:44 PM CST

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I think it was this one:

The thread "Does anybody like herbs?" in Herbs forum

You can click on "Your posts" up at the top menubar to find the threads you've been participating in. Smiling
Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Mar 13, 2013 8:03 PM CST
Arlene ~ I am not sure if it was me or not that you saw. But I have been asking around for about 3 years now. Once I saw your link, I immediately ordered some. Thank you so much for taking the time to post that. I am hoping it will grow here in the Pacific Northwest since it is coming from NC. Thank you ~ happy gardening Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 13, 2013 10:04 PM CST
Toni, from what I understand, it's pretty easy to grow. Ours is doing great. It does like it on the wet side so it may work out great for you. Good luck!
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Toni
Mar 16, 2013 10:16 AM CST
I am looking forward to trying it... I wonder if gophers like it Grumbling I am trying to find some Euphorbia to plant around the fruit shrubs and trees in hopes it will discourage the gophers
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 16, 2013 1:58 PM CST
I don't know, I have never had trouble with gophers, just deer. Shrug!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 25, 2013 5:54 PM CST
I'm told that Daffodils work just as well as Euphorbia. So far they're working for me.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 25, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Don't you love it when your pest control can be pretty as well? We're moving some daffys to the perimeter of the garden because it's supposed to help hold off the grass, even though I don't think it will work with Bermuda. Nothing does!

Glad the daffys are working for you!
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Apr 2, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Toni, it will do just fine where you live. So much so in fact, that you might want to grow it in a raised bed or somewhere where you want to keep it forever. I say that because a friend in western WA. grew some on the edge of her vegetable garden, and pretty soon she had way too much of it and was struggling to control it.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 7, 2014 5:28 AM CST
Is comfrey an edible herb?
Or is it just grown as a compost enhancer?
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Sep 7, 2014 6:38 AM CST
CarolineScott said:Is comfrey an edible herb?
Or is it just grown as a compost enhancer?


It's probably most helpful when used as a fertilizer to grow regular food-stuffs, Caroline. Symphytum officinalis isn't considered to be poisonous, but if consumed it should probably be of minute quantities in early springtime, like you would do with dandelion. It's a very powerful herb and probably shouldn't be eaten by everyone.

I haven't tried mine. I just can't get past the idea of chewing up those ultra-hairy leaves! Whistling

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 7, 2014 7:35 AM CST
That would turn me off too.
I see there is much info and controversy over the use of comfrey as an edible.
Some of those alkaloids would turn me off too.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 7, 2014 7:35 AM CST

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I've tried it. It's an odd taste. You have to rub it to get rid of the hairs first.

Dried it is useful in teas but not in too great of quantities.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 7, 2014 7:37 AM CST
Okay we will take your word for the taste!
It is in the same family as Borage so I was curious.

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