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Comfrey VS Dock. Back to Eden Gardening Method with Wood Chips for No till Organic begin 101. Pt 9

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Comfrey vs Dock. Back to Eden Method with wood chips for Organic Vegetable Gardening Soil Building with deep mulch – wood chips for beginners 101, Pt 9. Soil improvement . Also How to build healthy soil – You can use composting leaves too.


John Zyp says:

I want to buy some dock plants but can’t find where they sell them. I’ve never seen dock in Australia. I’m familiar with dock in New Zealand.

Kirk Barley says:

I use Burdock, Arctium lappa, as my ground cover and dynamic accumulator. Root and stems are edible. It’s biennial, reaching a very handsome 6’ high and wide year two. I can cut back at least 4 times per year. Seeds are easy to manage and save, but you must to control its spread. It produces very large, velcro like burrs.

Sparkyplug Clean says:

Been using dock as groundcover and mulch for a few years now, rumex occidentalis. I love it, much more tolerant of alkalinity and drought than comfrey, ridiculously easily propagated, and can be cut three to five times per summer with no ill effect on the vigor of the plant. Also edible, though tart, and high in oxalic acid, best dried and used in stews.

Truthseeker Today says:

How do you treat your comfrey in the fall. Like do you cut it back for the winter. And mulch it heavy.

Raising Maple says:

So great! I've been pulling up my dock, but you make a really good point. I'm going to welcome it now, and maybe feed some to the chickens

Create Synergistic Transformations says:

Excellent thinking! Have you heard of or tried Fermented Plant Juice? Another way to extract the nutrients for natural fertilizer. Would you do this in spring or fall to propagate more dock?

Conrad Gallardo says:

For medicinal benefits of Dock
check out Dr. John R. Christopher's lectures.
1 is for energy
Another is restoring natural hair color

Pamela Powell says:

Enjoyed & learned a lot thank U for sharing.

Jean Greenfield says:

Docks are good strong wild plants 💚 good for nitrogen in compost bin 👍 I will use dock similar to comfrey now ☺

Living Small And Loving Large says:

Thanks for sharing information on comfrey and dock. I have been looking for more information on both and this is great. I have dock in our pasture and it is pretty invasive.

Damian Penston says:

I have dock growing next to potatoes and I've noticed that insects prefer eating the dock. Once they've eaten it all, then they turn to the potatoes, but I can cut dock leaves elsewhere and throw them on the ground next to them and the insects climb off the potatoes to munch on them.

SuLebo215 says:

Mark, dock is edible ! It was a popular green for salads historically and of course highly nutritious. My chickens love it too. I have both comfrey and dock growing all around my vegetable garden.

N L says:

I started leaving dock in garden last year for leaf fertiliser and so pleased others are too

Kirk Johnson says:

Very nice video! I have been a fan of dock for many years. It grows along roadways where I live and in the fall I collect the seed heads to feed my chickens. They love the seeds. I leave it anywhere I find it on my place that it is not in the way. It grows very well on some of the hardest , rockiest ground I have. One thing I like about it MORE than my comfrey is that it is not invasive like the comfrey. Dock is easy to get rid of – comfrey is not.

PressedEarth says:

Dock I have. I stopped trying to get rid of it. Thanks for the comparison.

Mams92115 says:

would be helpful to see the plant with the flowering stalks, thank you for the video

Patti Hayden says:

I’m trying to grow comfrey from seeds. Any suggestions? Thanks Mark

cloudthunder1 says:

Dock Root is a good herb as a blood tonic too

Carlota Chmielewski says:

I am looking at weeds in a different light now! Weeds with a long taproot are most beneficial but taking a broader view, the rest of my weeds are candidates for liquid fertilizer too. I will exclude those with seed heads and of course would not even consider anything like poison oak, poison ivy and such. But this opens up a lot of possibilities. Thank you for the great idea.

Carlota Chmielewski says:

I spent some time looking for comfrey on my farm and initially hoped a clump of dock would be comfrey. I got some comfrey starts from a friend but I see the similarities! I was going to ask about dock as fodder, and decided to do a quick search first. This is what I found in themodernhomestead.us.
“A couple of excellent green feeds for the flock are dandelion and yellow dock (Rumex crispus). Though much maligned as “weeds,” both are palatable and highly nutritious to poultry, and they stay green deeper into the frost season than any other wild forages in my area. As long as I can get a spading fork into the ground, I dig these plants by the roots and throw them to the flock by the bucketful. The birds eat the tops down to the roots, then (in the case of dandelion, though not yellow dock) eat part of the root as well, after which the roots generally get buried in the deep litter by the scratching of the chickens. There the roots put out new growth (like Belgian endive, forced in a cellar)—when the chickens turn them up again, they have second helpings.”
My chicks are almost ready to come out of the brooder and in summer we’ll start keeping pigs, so I’m considering all things fodder. Thanks for a great video.

bonnie rush says:

H in herb is silent

James Bond says:

General question……Ive noticed your videos cover a VERY wide variety of modified wood chip methods as well as cover crops for beneficial roots systems. Do you or have you ever planted directly into the chips as the traditional BTE method describes? We've had our garden covered in chips for 6 months now and we are prepping for the 2018 garden season. Should i just rake the chips aside and plant vegetables with a cover crop, or should I rake the chips, plant , and then recover with chips after the vegetables are established?

Raymond Aten says:

Did a little research of my own and dock is a form of buckwheat and I know buckwheat is used as a covercrop I believe u have heard you mention it as such in past videos.

dancingcedar says:

YAY!   I have been doing similar things with Dock.  It is nice to have others see its value.   I felt lonely when I thought I was the only one who was onto this, and yet it made so much sense to me.   I am loving your videos. They all make so much sense.  So many pieces of the puzzle fitting together. I literally stayed awake all night last night watching your videos, I was so fascinated.  We are establishing a Permaculture food forest on 1/4 acre in Portland, Oregon.   It is fun to hear a New Jersey accent.  I grew up outside Philadelphia.  Blessings  🙂

Hans Quistorff says:

I also have dock in my clay soil and it is doing a good job of breaking it up. My most available mulch is grass I mow with a scythe in the field. What I have been doing is covering the grass mulch with carpet to exclude all light. This resulted in the quack grass roots rotting or forming coils between the clay and decomposing grass so that I was able to remove them because they are too competitive with any annual plants. I pass a chicken tractor over it feeding them winter wheat which they leave some buried and is now growing as my winter cover crop. I continue to add grass during the growing season to the pathway and cover it with carpet.

doc B says:

would doc work to increase drainage in clay soil. I found out that my yard is 2.5 feet of clay fill over the natural deep topsoil. it has poor perkability

Jaix Brooks says:

My Grandmother used to cook what we called Sour Dock. Your Dock. Delicious! Cooked like spinach. I prefer it to spinach. I tried cultivating it but it seems to do better, for me, left alone to grow in the odd corner of my property.

knitnpaint says:

I just found your channel. Really like it. Thank you so much for your great information.

Portillo Family says:

I never had Dock until I grew nettles. They say nature always provides the cure! Good video…thanks!

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