How to make com­frey feed

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Com­frey plants can be turned into a free or­ganic feed that con­tains an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble sup­ply of valu­able plant nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing the three essen­tials – ni­tro­gen, phos­pho­rus and potas­sium. But a word of warn­ing: com­frey is hugely in­va­sive, so grow it in a pot to stop it spread­ing, or buy ‘Bock­ing 14’ plants, which are ster­ile and less likely to take over your gar­den. To make the feed, sim­ply chop up the leaves and stuff them into a large bucket or wa­ter­tight con­tainer (prefer­ably with a lid, as it gets a bit smelly!). Fill the con­tainer with wa­ter and leave it for four to six weeks. Di­lute the re­sult­ing liq­uid with wa­ter un­til it’s the colour of weak tea, then use it as a liq­uid feed on all man­ner of plants. You can also add com­frey leaves to your com­post heap (they help to speed up the rot­ting process) and put them in the bot­tom of your bean trench to de­com­pose and feed these hun­gry plants through the sum­mer.

gar­den­er­sworld.com Keep com­frey con­tained in a pot, as it has a ten­dency to spread vig­or­ously Feed di­luted com­frey fer­tiliser to all your plants to give them an im­me­di­ate boost

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