Patrick’s Comfrey Feed

Walking around our allotment site one thing that is common to most of the plots is a large clump of comfrey. Here is ours.

It hasn’t always looked so healthy. When our site secretary Patrick gifted it to us last year, despite being transported only a few feet in a wheelbarrow and having a large root ball it, spent the first month like a Heyer heroine having an attack of the vapours.

So far we have just put the leaves in with the compost but this year we are trying Patrick’s comfrey feed which goes something like this:

Towards the end of summer cram all the leaves into an empty water butt. Cover and leave over winter to rot down (if you have something to weigh the leaves down the process can be quicker). Patrick says he doesn’t add any water but there is a disc cut out of the butt lid where the feed pipe would normally go, so some does get in. By the following spring it will have rotted down by about two thirds and turned to liquid, every one says it is vile but really I couldn’t smell it at. He then decants it into old one litre milk cartons to store.

Use as a foliar feed, half a litre to one ten litre can of water. High in Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium it is good for tomatoes and amazing for brassicas.

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4 Responses to “Patrick’s Comfrey Feed”

  1. Flighty May 15, 2012 @ 5:53 am (#)

    A plant that should be grown on all vegetable patches. I’ve got a handful which I leave to flower for the bees then chop it right back and add them to the compost heap. I do that 3/4 times a year. xx

  2. Flighty May 16, 2012 @ 5:04 pm (#)

    I’m not surprised as it’s grown on most allotments but much less so in gardens. xx

  3. cathsveggies1 June 12, 2012 @ 9:34 am (#)

    I have a Comfrey corner and have taken some leaves to make a barrel of liquid feed.It is still growing well and tall, so I will cut it back later and add to the compost heap too, Thanks.

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