Comfrey fertilizer tea is an easy way to inexpensively fertilize your garden. Comfrey is a fast-growing, versatile plant on the homestead that can also be used for herbal medicine, livestock fodder, mulch, and more. Learn to make comfrey fertilizer tea at home; it is easy and practically free!
I have been growing it in our food forest for a few years now and am in love with all the things it can do!
I remember having it in our vegetable garden when I was little and we fed it to the rabbits as treats.
Why Grow Comfrey?
Comfrey is fast growing and can be harvested up to 8 times a year.
In Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture circles, comfrey is known as a dynamic accumulator meaning it uses it’s deep roots to gather minerals from soil, storing them in the plant’s tissues in a more bioavailable form.
When used as mulch (chop and drop) or made into a comfrey fertilizer tea, those minerals are then added to the topsoil and become available to other plants with little effort.
Comfrey flowers are great pollinator forage and the large leaves provide habitat for beneficial insects.
Additionally, both the leaves and roots can be used as herbal medicine. My favorite way to use comfrey medicinally is as an infused oil. I often use the infusion in a first-aid salve along with calendula or lavender.
Please note that some studies have raised concerns regarding the use of comfrey internally and liver issues. Please do your research before using comfrey internally.