by: Linda Gray
If you have enough space to grow comfrey or access to a constant
supply, try making an organic feed for your vegetable patch.
First you need a container, preferably the size of a small dustbin,
with a tap near the bottom. It must have a lid, and you will need
a weighty object such as a large flattish stone, almost the size
of the radius of your container. Raise your container off the ground,
leaving enough room to comfortably place a watering can under the
Collect as much comfrey as you can and pack it into the container.
Place your heavy object on the leaves to hold them down, and cover
them with water. Put the lid on and forget about it for a couple
When you’re ready to feed your plants, first put a peg on
your nose, or don’t breathe in too hard, ( it really hums!
) and collect from the tap about a litre of the green slimy liquid
into your watering can.
Top up the can with fresh water and feed your veggies. An exact
ratio of feed to water isn’t necessary but don’t
put it on the ground undiluted. It’s too strong for some
small plants to handle.
Try and use all the available feed in one go, clear out the slush
( put it directly on the compost heap) then make some more. Comfrey
can be easily cut three or four times a year, but if you find a
shortage ocurring, try adding a few nettles to your mix.
This method of organic feeding uses green manure to its full
advantage, and it doesn’t cost a bean!
Bio: Linda Gray is a freelance writer and designer and runs her
own magazine website for everyone who loves to be at home. Drop in
for a cuppa at http://www.mylot.org anytime!
editor, My Lot
"working from home and everything in between"