Comfrey Compost Activator
Comfrey is one of our favorite plants because it grows easily and has many amazing properties, one of which is used as a great compost activator. It’s so good at activating compost that it can replace manure!
Comfrey Tea or Fertiliser
Another use is making a liquid comfrey tea or Fertiliser. Comfrey tea is a weaker version compared to Fertiliser which goes through a cold process using a microbial Culture. To rid the bad smells of making Fertilisers we use SONIC Starter Culture of beneficial microbes https://sonicnaturalfarming.com.au/probiotic-starter-culture, which helps to speed up the brewing process, balance bacteria and eliminate odour.
The rate for comfrey fertiliser would be 1:100 water, either applied to the garden or poured into the compost heap.
Comfrey Tree Healer
Comfrey adds potassium, nitrogen and trace nutrients plus the leaves hold allantoin, a proven healer that encourages cell proliferation which can be used as a poultice for tree bark damage and even for reviving orchard trees!
The way tree revival can work with comfrey is to rub the comfrey leaves all over the trunk of the tree and put the leaves around the base (even bury them in ground mulch if there is any). A poltice is usually made up of crushed comfrey leaves with water. You can also chew on the comfrey for awhile to moisten it. Then place the wet comfrey onto the damaged area of the tree and bandage it so that it stays on and let it do it’s work!
Comfrey for Animal Food
Chickens like comfrey too with its 20-30% protein and minerals. However, because we are unsure of the dosage chickens would need with comfrey, we plant it around their coop so they can graze on it when they need.
At the end of the day, farming is all about producing food. Blog author Sonja Kallio writes about supporting farmers and growers to adopt a regenerative approach with growing, to increase the nutrient density of food for a healthy population and a healthy planet.