COMFREY TEA FOR FEEDING PLANTS
February 4, 2022 | | Growing Tips, Herbalism, Homesteading, Permaculture
This Fermented Comfrey Tea Is for Plants Only – Not for Human Consumption!
This is a “Compost Tea” of sorts, made with fresh or dried comfrey leaves and fermented to build up a community of good bacteria. It is so easy to make and comfrey is a prolific grower so you can always have a great stock of super-nutritious fertilizer for your plants.
I use a 5-gallon bucket.
- Harvest and roughly chop enough comfrey leaves and stems to fill bucket about 1/3
- Fill the bucket with water.
- Find a nicely branched stick – I trim it to look like a whisk – and give the comfrey a good stir.
- You will want to plan to stir the bucket at least twice a day.
- Take time with stirring – create a vortex then switch and stir in the other direction. Get it nice and swirling and bubbling. What you are trying to do is keep the water oxygenated.
- In hot weather like this, I keep the buckets in a semi-shady location. I also put it where I know I will be visiting often so I remember to stir it. I keep it by the chicken coop or rabbit hutches.
- In about 2 weeks, it will be dark-colored. The leaves will be slimy-looking. And it will smell. But that means it is ready!
- Strain it and either put it into a watering can or a spritzer bottle. You can make a big batch and put it in a backpack sprayer. It is great for the plants both sprinkled on the soil under them or spritzed on their leaves to be absorbed foliarly.
You will see a difference in a couple days of using it!