Growing Great Gobo (Burdock Root)
I always wanted to try it. According to Gaia Herbs, ( https://www.gaiaherbs.com/blogs/herbs/burdock) Burdock is a versatile plant frequently classified by herbalists as an alterative, a plant, which among other things influences the blood and lymph. It has bitter principles, which encourage healthy digestion and appetite. Burdock also supports healthy and vital skin with a clear complexion. One of the ways it functions to do so is by promoting normal liver function and by supporting the detoxification process in the body.
You can eat it cooked, for example stir fries or steamed, or you can dry it and make tea, among other things.
But it meant digging 3' down to harvest those loooong tap roots. Wild Burdock is possible to find just about anywhere, but digging is no fun. Noticing the Japanese version, called Gobo, was cultivated for culinary and health purposes, I found links to growing burdock in a special way that makes it easy to get to the bottom of those roots. They make tall boxes with a removal side, fill it with soil, then sow the seeds.
I had experimented with potato-growing in towers 2'x2' and the towers were standing idle. The Japanese gobo boxes are more like 1 foot square, enough for one plant. So my tower boxes could hold more plants if I partitioned, dividing the towers into four.
And that's what I did. Last year I tried it in one tower and got lots of root - to last the winter. The this year I planted 3 towers. Never too much of a good thing like Burdock root. I will incorporated it much more into my diet this year.
Anyone else had experience growing or using this plant?
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