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30th April 2018

COMFREY – The amazing Liquid Fertiliser

COMFREY

Comfrey is a wonderful plant that is a must have for any keen gardener.  It makes an amazing Liquid Fertiliser, slightly stinky, but also makes a great compost and potting mix.

The leaves contain Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium,  all the things needed for growing plants (the Russian Comfry ‘Bocking 14’ has an even higher nutrient content)  Great for tomatoes and cucumbers plus hungry flowering plants.

WHERE to grow

  • Site carefully as will grow for 20yrs or more and is vigorous
  • Grows anywhere but prefers sun and good soil, good for shady difficult areas aswell
  • Allow 60-90cm between plants
  • Feed with manure and if given lawn clippings will produce even more leaves

HOW to use

  • Cut the leaves off 5cm above soil level.  Wear Gloves as stems/leaves are covered in irritating stiff hairs
  • Cut leaves throughout the season but not after September to allow for winter growth

3 ways to use –

1) LIQUID FEED

  • Fill a bucket /barrel with a lid to hold 15 litres of water
  • Add approx 1kg of cut/bruised leaves
  • Cover and leave for 4-6 weeks
  • Repeat every 3weeks so next supply is ready to use
  • Use directly as does not need diluting (is very smelly)

or

  • Pack leaves tightly into a lidded plastic bucket
  • Leave for 4-6 weeks
  • This will create a brown/black concentrated liquid which requires diluting 1:20

2) COMPOSTE ACTIVATOR

  • Add leaves straight to compost heap which will help activate and encourage more activity within the heap

3) DIRECT ONTO THE SOIL

  • Place a heap (5cm thick) around the surface of plants this will add nutrients and mulch
  • Also great for lining the hole for the butternut squash/beans/potatotes   – when ready for planting, simply dig the whole, add a good layer of leaves then more dirt.  Now you are ready for plants.

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