Marsh Creek Farmstead: Permaculture Innercircle Elite

Permaculture Innercircle Elite PIE Discount Benefits

The following items are available on this page and include an PIE discount

Bocking 14 Cultivar

At  Marsh Creek Farmstead we are growing the Bocking 14 variety of Russian Comfrey. This sterile variety of comfrey grows very well in our USDA zone 9 Mediterranean climate. Comfrey has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb as well as a fertility builder for the land. You will receive a minimum of 30 individual 1" to 2" long pieces in each order. 

Your order will contain 35+ pieces like this

  • Non-invasive Bocking-14 form of comfrey, which will not produce viable seed.
  • Bocking-14 comfrey is the most desirable cultivar for making a tea to fertilize your garden with an NPK ratio 1.8 / 0.5 /5.3. Comfrey is a dynamic accumulator of nutrients, most notably iron, silicon, nitrogen, potassium, calcium, magnesium and many trace minerals.
  • Save money on animal feed! Comfrey is used worldwide as an animal fodder. Dried comfrey leaves contain 26% protein. Although some animals enjoy comfrey fresh, if you find your animals do not like fresh comfrey, offer them comfrey which has wilted for a day or dried completely. Comfrey is the only plant which harvests vitamin B-12 from the soil!
  • Use comfrey leaves to turbo-charge your compost pile, especially piles made predominately made from carbon heavy "browns" like dry leaves, straw, brush, wood chips or shavings, etc.

The image below if from the last time I dug roots to plant cuttings. Look at that naturally braided root!

Choose your quantity of 1" cuttings plus free shipping to US locations by clicking the buy it now button.

International Shipping available. Please use the contact form for rates.

IrriPan Weed Mats: A Revolution in Tree and
Veggie Crop Planting

IrriPan Weed Mats were invented in Israel (under the name Tal-Ya Trays – “Tal-Ya” means “dew of heaven” in Hebrew).  IrriPan Weed Mats MULTIPLY everything a plant needs to thrive:

IrriPan Weed Mats multiply WATER
  • Capture rain water falling in a 5 square foot area and funnel it to your plant
  • Prevent precious soil moisture from evaporating
  • Keep weeds from stealing moisture from your plants
IrriPan Weed Mats multiply LIGHT
  • White upper surface reflects light back up to your plant
  • Black lower surface block sunlight to kill weeds – so weeds can’t block sunlight from your plant
IrriPan Weed Mats multiply NUTRIENTS
  • Stop weeds from taking the soil nutrients your plants need
IrriPan Weed Mats multiply GROWTH!

Watch the video to see how they work

IrriPan Weed Mats are ideal for;
  • Wildlife habitat plantings
  • Landscape plantings
  • Fruit & nut orchards
  • Planting high value hardwood trees
  • Ecological restoration and mitigation bank plantings

Think of IrriPan Weed Mats as a “launching pad” for your newly planted and small trees!

  • Kill weeds that steal moisture, nutrients and light from your trees
  • Reflect light back up to your tree
  • Capture rainwater and funnels it to your tree
  • Prevent soil moisture from evaporating and makes it available to your tree’s roots
IrriPan Weed Mats protect trees from excess stress during times of drought conditions.
Trees are capable of absolutely amazing growth IF you eliminate the environmental stresses that keep them from reaching their growth potential.  Here’s what I mean:

IrriPan Weed Mat and Tree Tube on chestnut seedlng
Chinese chestnut tree Height at planting: 12 inches
Date planted: July, 2012
Photo taken: August, 2013

Yes, that caption is correct.  This is a Chinese chestnut tree that was planted in July of 2012 as a 12 inch seedling, with a 4ft tall Tree Tube and an IrriPan Weed Mat.  This photograph was taken just 13 months later, in August of 2013… which means the tree has grown more than 8 feet in one year!
This tree comes from superior planting stock and grows in Mississippi with its long, hot growing season… but it shows you the kind of growth you can achieve when planting a small seedling.


Use IrriPan Weed Mats with…
  • Newly planted seedling trees (and for even better results use in combination with Tree Tubes!)
  • Newly planted 1 gallon or 3 gallon potted trees
  • Previously planted or natural “volunteer” seedlings that are getting crowded out by competing vegetation
  • Landscape trees up to 2 inches in caliper at the base
IrriPan Weed Mat
IrriPan Weed Mat on young ornamental tree in the landscape.

IrriPan Weed Mat on dry sites.
IrriPan Weed Mats are great for planting pines and other conifers on dry sites.

Please select the number of trays you want to order from the drop down menu