Comfrey Liquid Manure

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Comfrey Liquid Manure

£1 per half-litre

£3 for 2 litres,  £7 for 5 litres

Ideal plant feed for organic growers

Recommended for tomatoes, peppers and most fruits and flowers

Very high in Potash!

Dilute between 1:10 and 1:20

We no longer do Mail Order for comfrey liquid

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Comfrey Plants

£2 each

 

Mail order available .....

1-3 plants £6 p&p

4-6 plants £9 p&p

(using First Class Post)

Not available in winter

 


Graham & Nicky Elliott   01502 714661

graham@bikeways.org.uk


Cheques should be made payable to "Graham Elliott"

Address to send to:

2 Old Hall

Barsham

BECCLES

NR34 8HB


Russian Comfrey is one of the most versatile plants in the kitchen garden.  It is especially important to organic growers as it can provide large amounts of nutrient-rich organic material and can be easily turned into a liquid plant feed.  The variety used by most gardeners is “Bocking 14” and this is available for most of the year as freshly divided plants from Graham and Nicky Elliott.  Russian Comfrey is particularly useful as it produces vast quantities of nutritious green material but it doesn’t seed so can be contained relatively easily.  Getting rid of it is not so easy as any small piece of root left in the soil is likely to grow so plan your comfrey bed so that it doesn’t need to be moved!  

Tending the comfrey plants

Comfrey is very in rich potash and this is good for the production of virtually all fruits and flowers.  It is also high in nitrogen and calcium.  The comfrey plant brings up nutrients from its deep roots and stores them in its fleshy green leaves.  The cut leaves wilt easily and release the nutrients to feed hungry plants.  Well established plants can be cut to ground level up to four times during a growing season.  During the first year of growth it is best not to cut the comfrey to allow it to become established.

 The beauty of comfrey is its versatility:- 

1.         It can be spread on the soil as a surface mulch.  This feeds the soil whilst protecting it from drying out and reducing weed growth. 

2.         The first cutting of comfrey leaves can be used when planting main crop potatoes in April.  Some gardeners dig a trench, fill it with comfrey leaves and plant the seed potatoes on the comfrey before mounding up soil on the top.  Less physical gardeners simply pile comfrey leaves on top of the planted tubers and let them rot down to feed the young potato plants.

 

Comfrey in the potato trenches

3.         It can be used to make a peat-free potting compost.  A simple mixture of well rotted leaf mould, comfrey and sharp sand made with the last cutting of comfrey in August will produce a wonderful potting compost for use the following spring.

4.         It makes one of the finest and smelliest liquid plant feeds.  Leaves left to rot in a barrel for several weeks will give off a black liquid which is so concentrated that it will need to be diluted twenty times before it is used on plants.  This comfrey liquid manure is perhaps comfrey at its most versatile as it can be stored in a cool dark shed and used when required.  It is particularly useful for tomatoes, peppers and beans but can be used on any plants. 

Bottling the comfrey liquid manure

5.         If there is still comfrey left over it can be put on added to the compost heap to help add vital nutrients and to encourage it to heat up.

There are also numerous medicinal uses for comfrey and if you let it flower the bees adore the flowers.  I could go on …..

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