Comfrey tea is not a drink
! It is one of the most wonderful home made natural plant fertilizer and it is FREE! Just find yourself a good carrier bag full of comfrey leaves.
Be careful because the furry leaves can cause skin irritation.
The roots of the comfrey plant go down deep into the soil so they draw up many valuable nutrients into the leaves which are broken down into the liquid when you make comfrey tea
. The nutrients in comfrey tea are comparable and even superior to other fertilizers such as Tomorite
, or even garden manure.
Have a look at this fact sheet about Comfrey Tea
and see why making your own is such a great alternative.
Weigh the leaves down in a bucket with a brick and completely cover them with water, right up to the rim of the bucket. That's it! It is a good idea to cover the bucket with a loose lid, partly to stop rain diluting the liquid feed, and partly to stop insects laying eggs. Leave the comfrey
in the liquid for at least 3 weeks.. possibly up to 5 weeks.
At the end of 5 weeks your whole garden or allotment will smell like a sewer!! This means your comfrey tea is ready. DO NOT PUT THIS ON YOUR PLANTS WITHOUT DILUTING. This is a powerful and concentrated liquid feed. Dilute this before feeding your plants. I usually dilute one mug full into a watering can filled with water.