Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

How to Make Comfrey Tea

 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.   


At 5:40 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

There is no beating a natural home brew fertilizer. All for free apart from a little minimal effort.

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Matron, I make this and it's good. Just one thing to note with comfrey and that's once you plant it somewhere it's just about impossible to get rid of, will grow from a tiny piece of root. I have it growing in our orchards and also down by the pigs - they love munching on the occasional handful of leaves!

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Mark Willis said...

I never dilute mine, and my tomatoes love it!


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