Sunday, 23 June 2013

Lazy Comfrey - Does It Work?

Saturday wasn't a very good day for the middle of June. It was breezy with a few heavy showers in the morning although the showers did miss us in the afternoon.
I saw Monty Don making an evil smelling plant food from comfrey on Gardener’s World. I did have a go at this last year but to be honest the evil smell really does put me off. I find using this stuff stomach churning to say the least so last year’s mix finished up on the compost heap and I continued using some liquid seaweed food.

Of course this doesn't mean our supply of comfrey has disappeared so I needed to find a use for a patch which was falling over some of our potatoes. 

This patch of comfrey looked to be out of the way of our potatoes when they were planted on 21 May but now it had grown to its full flowering height it had fallen onto the potatoes. I’m sure I’ve read or seen that comfrey can be cut and laid on the ground to act as a fertiliser or mulch so I thought I’d give it a go. 
So half the patch of comfrey was cut back and laid between these two rows of potatoes, Charlotte to the left and Winston. Will it make any difference I don’t know. Will it avoid that evil smelling liquid I hope so. The other half of the comfrey has been left for the bees to enjoy and when it has finished flowering will be cut back and added to the compost heap.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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