Comfrey on Freecycle


tomato seedlings and lovage

I’ve been trying to get hold of comfrey – for compost. Neither Fedco nor Johnny’s carry the seeds, and the seeds I’ve found are expensive: $4 for 10, plus $3 shipping! I don’t think so.

So I put a request for a mature plant on my local Freecycle and within 12 hours had a response. I also put the big Mountain Laurel that’s in the  way of my depots on Freecycle. Within 12 hours had no less than seven responses. I’d rather see this bush get a new home than cutting it down.

In the basement we’re still at full capacity because this crazy weather – in the upper 50s yesterday, melting snow today – has delayed the transplanting of lettuces, kale, chard and spinach. This weekend, hopefully, I can make the room and I start a whole slew of tomatoes and peppers for friends.

The seedlings are all doing well. No signs of damping off, even though I haven’t been generous with the ventilation this year. I just watered all of them and they slurped up about 10 gallons of (filtered) water.


Seed pod still stuck on spinach seed leaves

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The seedlings are neglecting their seed leaves. Some have already fallen off.

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  1. Comfrey on freecycle is a good find! I should ask there as well, as I want some too, for feed for the goats we’ll be getting. Comfrey makes a good high protein food for them both fresh and dry.

    Your seedlings are looking really good.

  2. Ed, I’ve got purslane seeds – at least I had them last year, from Fedco Can’t remember now if I have any left, or re-ordered… But in any case purslane seeds are easily and cheaply available.

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