Judith Browning wrote:I hope to be able to share but am reluctant to count my pits before they're hatched...they look great so far and I know there will be some curculio damage.
Laura VanAntwerp wrote:Rosie, we are in your boat. Married for 16 years, a few kids, and now I'm begging to leave it all behind and live on our mountainside. Like your spouse, my husband has different ideas...he wants to let his federal job play out, etc. Me? I can't get out of dodge and away from the DC area fast enough. It's a cut-throat rat race here. As for my husband, he is onboard with homegrown, healthy living. Heck, he exercises regularly and stays super fit for the job. As for the property, it's near Asheville NC...and we're in the DC area. His job is all-consuming...as in 80 hours a week sometimes. Especially during campaign season...
As for kids, they are the reason I'm still here. He and I have been through tough times, but 16 years and a few kids complicates the decision-making process!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Adding comfrey to small trees in small containers (5 gal for a tree is a small container) will ensure that the tree roots will not get the water or nutrients the tree needs for early life.
Scott Foster wrote:I do companion plant in my pots but I wouldn't use Comfrey as trace mentioned, it gets big really fast. I like putting a tree out in a mini polyculture when I can. I guess it depends on how long your trees will be in pots.
You could do an annual herb garden, plant some perennial flowers like Echinacea purpurea or just use a pretty cover crop like clover.
Just as a side note. I'm planting my comfrey a little further from my trees than before. I didn't realize how big it gets. Some of my plants are five feet tall and almost as wide.
Trace Oswald wrote:I would wait. Comfrey gets very big pretty fast. I like to give it plenty of room.