Yet another Post on Comfrey

by Cynthia on August 28, 2009

The comfrey plant I placed in the herb garden three years ago has been just amazing this year. I have already harvested it twice this year and it is once again huge and ready for one last harvest before fall settles in around us.

Notice the gigantic leaves it has!

Comfrey in the Garden

Some of the first harvest of comfrey leaves this year went towards making a liquid fertilizer. While this stuff did seem to be awesome in regards to how the plants responded to it I do not know if I will be making it again for the stench was simply awful! Enough to turn my stomach and keep everyone away for several feet! I think when it comes to homemade liquid fertilizers I will stick to my favorite alfalfa pellets and molasses brew.

The second harvest of comfrey leaves was chopped up and spread about the garden as mulch. I really liked it for this. The leaves have all since been worked into the soil and there was nothing like growing my own mulch.

For this third and final harvest (and what appears to be the biggest) I am going to use most of the leaves and stems as mulch. A few leaves and stems I will use fresh to make a comfrey salve. Some of the leaves I am going to dry for multiple uses. I want to have some dried leaves on hand for making homemade cosmetics as well as my well-loved multi herb salve. The second reason for drying the leaves will be for use in dyeing my yarns. I have used fresh comfrey leaves as a dye over the years but have yet to try them fresh. It will be nice to have the dried leaves on hand for use during the winter.

Finally, I am going to experiment a bit with the dried leaves brew a tea from them for feeding all my potted plants. I plan on just placing a handful of leaves in some boiling water and allowing it to steep overnight before I strain and use it on my too large container garden.

This really is one useful herb that I just love having on hand. Being so productive is making it all the better too!

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Tatyana August 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Amazing, how many uses you found for one plant Cynthia!

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Faith August 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I’m sure I must have comfrey. I am wondering about a certain weed that grows hugely around here all the time and drives me crazy. But I’m not sure it’s comfrey or not.

I know what plantain looks like young, but I’m uncertain about larger or older plants.

Thanks for this post. I was actually searching images on comfrey just this morning! :)

~Faith

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Miss Daisy August 31, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for the lesson. I didn’t know a lot about comfrey! The picture is gorgeous too! I gotta get some of that salve!

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the inadvertent farmer September 1, 2009 at 8:09 am

Wow…so resourceful! Can’t wait to see your yard dyed with comfrey, Kim

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Racquel September 2, 2009 at 2:22 am

That is one multi-tasking plant. :)

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Karen September 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Love hearing about your herbal potions, I am so ignorant about all of that stuff. Sorry the brew turned out stinky! The other uses sound really wonderful, though. I need to figure out the whole fertilizer thing, my plants are pretty spindly unless they are real die-hards or weeds. I’ll have to look up your recipe for alfalfa and molasses, that seems like it would be vegetarian and good-smelling too!

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