Grow Your Own Fertiliser Using Comfrey written by Jeremy Dore
Achieving Horticultural Excellence
When it comes to feeding plants, nothing beats organic compost. Good compost contains the ideal range of nutrients which are released slowly into the ground as plants need them.
Comfrey is a large herb, native to Europe, which grows prolifically in damp places such as river banks. As such, it can easily get out of control in a garden, so would not normally be deliberately introduced. However in the 1950s the organic pioneer Lawrence Hills (founder of the organisation now known as Garden Organic) developed a strain of Russian comfrey named Bocking 14 which is sterile and will therefore not seed itself all around the garden. To propagate it root cuttings are taken although these are best bought from a reputable supplier (such as the Organic Gardening Catalogue in the UK) to ensure that you get the Bocking 14 variety. It easily roots and grows very quickly so it is best to plant it in its own bed to prevent it taking over an existing area. [A word of warning: wherever you grow it don’t ever expect to eliminate it as its root system is very hard to kill]
There are many great ways to use comfrey around the garden: