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20/09/2013 at 13:43

I have been reading a lot about Comfrey and the benefits as a fertilizer for the garden.   How do I get hold of this stuff.     Also this year following Monty D's advise I made fertilizer from Nettles.  Is this as good as comfrey or does the comfrey have better qualities?  

20/09/2013 at 14:07

comphrey smells worse.

 Symphytum officinale is the one you want to grow but don't let it seed or it will be everywhere. Chiltern seeds sell it.

20/09/2013 at 14:37

They both contain lots of minerals that make good plant feed but comfrey ahs just a bit more and doesn't sting when harvested.   It also makes good ground cover and has pretty flowers in spring which bees and other plloinators like. 

It does spread very easily though so harvest as soon as the flowers go over.  Just cut off all the foliage just above the ground and it will come back fine.   Warning - i've been trying to clear it from a couple of places where it went mad and bits still shoot up. 

20/09/2013 at 15:37

You can get Bocking 14 comfrey  from The Organic Gardening Catalogue

http://www.organiccatalogue.com/p1492/COMFREY-PLANTS-Bocking-14-Pack-of-5/product_info.html

Comfrey feed has higher potash and is good for fruit and flowers.

Nettle feed has more nitrogen and is good for leafy brassicas.

20/09/2013 at 15:39

Bocking 14 does not seed, it is sterile. It has to be grown from  root cuttings.

If you can identify comfrey, it grows in wet places, by the side of rivers. I gather mine from the side of the canal or the river.

 

20/09/2013 at 16:56

make your own Comfrey ,easy to grow in the wild part of the garden and if you want pick it while out walking in the country.very good for all plants and so is nettles.

20/09/2013 at 21:23

Thanks for all your comments very helpful

20/09/2013 at 22:08

I have some officinale seeds. I can post thrm if you like?

20/09/2013 at 23:06

That would great gab 82  how can I get my details to you securely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21/09/2013 at 07:55

I do believe  there is a  personal messenger. Never sent one or revieved one though! If you click on my empty face.....it should give you the option to message me I think. I can post the seeds to you then.

14/07/2014 at 18:51

please could so one tell me in easy terms how to make nettle fertilizer as I have loads of nettles at my disposal

Edd
14/07/2014 at 19:00
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