It’s 5:02 pm and we have dark skies, rolling thunder and rain. We can use it. Getting back to my comfrey, here’s how I use it on my raspberry patch.
I can get 2 sometimes 3 cuttings a season.
These are the 50 plus new plants rescued from the existing patches and heavily mulched with the comfrey. One plant at Lowe’s stuffed in a little box with minimal roots and no way to moisten them! $4.99 to $5.99 each. 3 hrs work netted me over $300 worth of well rooted plants.
Then I added all the leaves and grass clipping bags I had left. I mulch the patch 8-10" every year. Not a weed in sight.
I finished putting a row of comfrey along the entire perimeter of the raspberries. Grow your own mulch They stand out better now that they are mulched.
I didn’t have enough comfrey for the taters, so I just hilled them and buried them with leaves. Oak leaves would be better because they are acidic, but use what you have. NEVER lime potatoes, they love acidic soil. I average a pound of potatoes per foot of row. These 3 50’ rows will yield 150 pounds, enough for the 2 of us all winter. We just finished the last of our potatoes last week.
I’m leaving the winter wheat as an experiment for yield, etc. Maybe a loaf or 2 of bread.
The kiwi are setting fruit like crazy. Note the pistils still on the end of the fruit.
Time to protect them from the birds with floating row cover. Don’t have to worry about pollination now.
The grapes are also doing well. My wife trained a very long vine along the ground and pinned them down at every other node (the vines root at every node) and grew these short arms up (at every other node or so, to space them out) to bear the fruit. Seems to be working well. A Russian friend of mine grows grapes from a short vine with 4-5" arms up a stake. He lived in Georgia along the Black Sea coast area. First time I’d seen this method. He had great yields.