If you must grow one plant that is useful in so many ways, that has to be comfrey. It is called a miracle plant for all the benefits it holds for people, and the garden. Let’s learn more about how to use comfrey in the garden.
What is comfrey?
Comfrey is a perennial plant that grows well almost anywhere. Hardy in most zones except 2 and 1. Drought-tolerant, which makes it a great plant for Texas. It goes dormant when the temperature fall to the low 20s, then comes back up as soon as it is warm again.
What are the benefits of comfrey?
Comfrey has tap roots that run deep into the soil up to ten feet. They mine for nutrients and transport them to the leaves. This is what makes it a dynamic accumulator.
It very rich in macro as well micronutrients. Comfrey is high in N-P-K. It also contains Calcium, magnesium, and iron.
It is a medicinal herb used as a poultice, fomentation (hot compress), or tea. However, comfrey is a powerful plant, so take necessary precautions before using it.
Is comfrey really a fertilizer?
Comfrey is a must-have plant in the garden. It is the gardener’s best friend for so many reasons.
- It does not require much attention.
- Blooms spring through fall.
- Pollinators and hovering insects love its purple flower.
- Its taproot system makes a great erosion stopper.
- A great fertilizer.
- Use it as mulch, and it will break down into useful nutrients.
How to grow comfrey?
Comfrey is very easy to grow. You can get a transplant from a nursery or ask someone who has it for a piece of its roots.
Plant it in full sun to part sun area. Water it at planting time, then let it be. Make sure, though, to place it where it won’t bother the rest of your landscape, as it can take over the garden.
How to use comfrey in the garden?
Due to its richness in nutrients, comfrey can be used as a fertilizer in the garden. You can use it as mulch or as a tea.
How to make comfrey tea?
To make comfrey tea follow these steps
- Harvest as many mature leaves as you wish.
- Roughly chop the leaves up.
- Place them in a bucket with a lid.
- Fill the bucket with water to cover the leaves.
- Put a rock on top of the leaves to keep them submerged.
- Close the lid and set the bucket in a shady spot.
- Allow to steep and ferment for three to four weeks.
- Be careful when you open the lid, the smell is not going to be pleasant.
- You may strain the water before pouring into a storage jug.
How to use comfrey tea?
To use the comfrey tea in your garden, you need to dilute it in water. Depending on how heavy it looks, the ratio varies between 1:4 to 1:8 comfrey to water.
This fertilizer contains all the necessary nutrients for plants. Use wherever you need to, but focus on the struggling vegetation.
What is a chop and drop method?
Chop and drop is another method of fertilizing the garden without going through the process of smelly tea making. Simply harvest comfrey leaves and tear them while dropping them around the plants.
The leave break down quickly and turn into composted matter. You can either water them in, or work them into the soil.
How to propagate a comfrey plant?
Comfrey is an easy plant to propagate. First, if you have a fertile variety, it will eventually reseed itself. Otherwise, you may pull the plant out of the ground and takes pieces of the root system. Plant them in the ground or a pot. They will only need initial watering then they will do their own thing.