Growing and Using Comfrey
A great organic idea for your veggie garden!
One of the most popular plants to grow in an organic vegetable garden is the Russian Variety of Comfrey specifically Bocking 14.
This type of Comfrey is smaller than Common Comfrey, about two feet by two feet, and has sterile seeds so it's not invasive. Bocking 14 must be produced by root cuttings or crown divisions.
What is Russian Comfrey?
Russian Comfrey is an easy-to-grow perennial in Zones 4 through 9. It is a member of the Borage family of plants. Comfrey will shoot up quickly in early spring with its violet, pink and yellow bell-shaped flowers.
Comfrey is often grown for its sheer beauty, but there are several beneficial reasons for growing this great plant in your garden.
The Many Uses of Comfrey
As a Fertilizer
Comfrey leaves contain high levels of potash and reasonable levels of nitrogen and phosphorus as well as smaller amounts of iron, calcium, and magnesium. Its concentration of nutrients actually outperforms manure, compost, and many liquid feeds.
To use Comfrey as a fertilizer, you can place chopped Comfrey right on the soil or till them in.
As a Liquid Fertilizer
Comfrey can be used to create a liquid fertilizer to use on your plants. Just steep some chopped Comfrey leaves in water and weigh them down. Five pounds of Comfrey per seven gallons of water will do the trick.
Let the solution sit for four to six weeks. The solution will end up being dark and thick and it can be diluted into a 12 to 1 ratio of water to the Comfrey solution for a great liquid plant feed.
As a Soil Conditioner