Comfrey, the wonder plant
How to grow comfrey, and why you should
Comfrey is a plant that is much loved by organic gardeners and permaculturalists because of its ability to provide fertility. Comfrey is a dynamic accumulator - it sends down deep roots and extracts mineral nutrients from the depths. These nutrients are stored in the leaves, which can then be used to feed other plants (and animals).
Comfrey as a healing herb
Comfrey on Amazon
One pound of certified organic (and Kosher) comfrey leaf cut packaged in a polyfoil resealable bag.
Comfrey Extract from fresh (undried) roots of Symphytum officinale plants which are Certified Organically Grown; for external use.
For external use.
Contains Comfrey and Allantoin, which are known for their healing and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as Lavandin, which helps prevent scarring.
Comfrey and potatoes
Plant your potatoes with comfrey for an early boost
One of the traditional uses for the first flush of comfrey leaves is to use them to line the planting holes for your potatoes.
The leaves break down rapidly in the soil, leaving their nutrients behind to give your potato plants an early feed.
The Alternative Kitchen Garden Podcast: Comfrey
Grow your own fertilizer
Comfrey is an easy plant to grow that requires little care and provides many benefits. Learn about growing comfrey by listening to episode 7 of The Alternative Kitchen Garden Podcast.
Weed of the Week
Comfrey is Beansprout's weed of the week.
It might be difficult to get rid of, but you don't need to try! Simply designate it a comfrey patch and re-educate everyone to think of comfrey as a useful plant.
Make your own liquid feed
Free liquid fertilizer for hungry plants
Liquid comfrey feed is easy to make and a great boost for hungry plants - especially fruiting plants like peppers and tomatoes.
There are two ways to make it - if you add water it stinks and you will be very unpopular with your neighbors.
I have trialled a water-less way of making comfrey liquid, which is easy and odor-free.
The permaculture plant
Comfrey is so versatile, it is known as the permaculture plant.