Comfrey Fertilizer Tea Is Full of Natural Potassium
This is my first year growing comfrey. It was hard to find at the local nursery but after hearing about all its great qualities, I decided I just had to have it in my gardening arsenal. With three times the amount of potassium that is found in regular manure tea, it’s hard to find a fertilizer that packs a bigger potassium punch. Comfrey is high in calcium, phosphorus and nitrogen, which are essential for vegetables and plants to grow and set fruit.
Are you growing comfrey in your garden? It’s the perfect plant to help in your efforts to fertilize your garden organically!
Growing Comfrey is Easy
From the post – Six Fantastic Resaons for Growing and Using Comfrey
Comfrey is a vigorous growing plant, often spreading 24-48” wide. If garden space is at a premium, consider placing your comfrey in large tubs to contain them.Once you have established a comfrey patch it will be bard to get rid of it. Even small bits of root can produce new plants. Your comfrey will grow in full or partial sun and is hardy from zones 4 – 9.
In cool climates the plant will die back in the winter, re-shooting again in the spring. In warmer climates it will rarely flower, because it needs a winter chill, but it also won’t die back so the leaves are available all year round.
Divide young plants in the spring as the leaves begin growing. The roots are hardy, no need to be gentle. Dig up and separate the roots with a shovel or sharp knife, divide into smaller pieces and re-pot or give away.
Comfrey is a fast grower and the leaves can be harvested at least 4 times a year, the first cutting is usually are ready by mid-spring. Cut the leaves back to about 2 inches above the soil or take individual leaves as they get hand size. You can count on another cutting every 6 weeks until early autumn when you should leave plants to leaf out and build up winter reserves.
Fine hairs on the leaves can irritate some people so wear gloves when you are harvesting. Dry leaves by spreading them in single layers and use any one of the dehydrating methods found in this post. When the leaves are dry, store them whole, lying flat in boxes or gently crumbled and stored in jars. Roots should be washed with cool water, cut into thin slices and dried. They can then be ground into powder or kept in small chunks until used.
To make Confrey Fertilizer Tea
Have patience! It’s going to take 20-30 days.
How much comfrey do you have for the process? I’m just beginning with comfrey in my yard and I’ve chosen to keep it contained. I have one bucket on the deck (growing nicely, thanks) that I’ve taken a few cuttings from.
My first batch is made with 10 big comfrey leaves in a 48 ounce plastic container with a lid. Place the leaves in your chosen container and weigh them down with a rock or stick. Add water to cover the leaves. You want them under the water for the entire time.
Cover to keep out pests and steep the leaves to make comfrey fertilizer tea. After a few weeks your mixture will form a dark, thick (smelly) liquid. This is the stinky but effective part of the process.
Once your batch is done it can then be diluted 12:1 – 15:1 prior to application on your garden plants.
Some people make big batches in five gallon buckets. They continually have a batch brewing and just keep adding water and leaves to the bucket. A nozzle at the bottom of the bucket lets you pour off tea, dilute it and have it readily available. The same process would work on a smaller scale with one of those one gallon sun tea dispensers.
Comfrey plants can be hard to find at your local nursery, because it can be invasive. Ask them to order it for you. While it may take you a few weeks to make a batch of comfrey fertilizer tea, the stinky outcome and the benefits to your garden, are well worth the wait.