Melissa Miles

The Wonderful Multi-Purpose Comfrey Plant

Comfrey (Symphytum spp.) has been cultivated and valued by many cultures for almost 2500 years. A native to Europe and Asia, the comfrey plant with which most are familiar, Symphytum officinale, has been used as a blood coagulant, a treatment for maladies of the lung, and as a poultice to aid in the healing of wounds and broken bones. Consumed as a tea, comfrey is said to treat a variety […]

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The Art and Science of Making a Hugelkultur Bed – Transforming Woody Debris into a Garden Resource

Wooden debris will decompose faster, (and be transformed into a resource) when hugelkultur techniques are employed. Used for centuries in Eastern Europe and Germany, hugelkultur (in German hugelkultur translates roughly as “mound culture”) is a gardening and farming technique whereby woody debris (fallen branches and/or logs) are used as a resource. Often employed in permaculture systems, hugelkultur allows gardeners and farmers to mimic the nutrient cycling found in a natural […]

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