Free fertiliser starring COMFREY
If you have a spare pot or garden bed, consider growing a patch of comfrey. Comfrey is a very useful herb with deep roots which mine goodies from the subsoil, then store these nutrients in its leaves. Comfrey leaves have a high level of nitrogen, making them ideal compost activators. However we have discovered comfrey to be very useful as a liquid fertiliser and so easy to make yourself. It is one of the most nutrient dense liquid fertilisers around and is a soil conditioner par excellence.
Comfrey is a tough herb which loves propagating itself from from small pieces of root (but rarely from seed) so do keep it in a pot or contained area to prevent it from taking over. They are generous plants and very adaptable, enjoying full sun to near full shade but they do need plenty of moisture. Wicking beds and pots are ideal. Space the plants 80cm apart. Cut flower stalks off and add them to the worm farm or compost. Wear gloves because the leaves can irritate skin.
There is a lot of controversy over using comfrey internally but there are many who feel that it is a miracle herb, but please, do your own research if imbibing. The leaves are used externally as a poultice for sprains, bone healing and joint issues http://wellnessmama.com/8230/comfrey-leaf-herb-profile/
DIY Comfrey Fertiliser
- Fill a barrel or clean bin 1/4 full with comfrey leaves
- Weigh the leaves down with a brick
- Fill the container with water
- Put a lid on the container.
- Let stand for 4 to 6 weeks. The mixture is ready when the leaves have rotted and are no longer visible. Warning – it does smell a tad when you take the lid off!
- Being already diluted, your liquid feed is ready to use as is.
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