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Comfrey?

KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,630

Is this Comfrey?  If yes, is it the kind you can use to make fertiliser?


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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    I would say 'yes' to both questions @KeenOnGreen . Are the stems covered in tiny bristles?
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,630
    Yes they are.  I’ll wait until they put on more growth before collecting them. 
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    Wear gloves! and wipe your snips afterwards............   Keep an eye out when it flowers as well, if it's Bocking 14 all well and good otherwise it will be everywhere.

    Leaves are very good for bruises, sore places and some insect bites as well as plant food  ;)
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    yes looks like comfrey to me or a very close member of borage family.  i collected a load of alkanet for same purpose.  It produces a rich tea strong in the K in NPK.  tried growing some comfrey from seed but a few planted plants have been very slow/hopeless to get going.  let it seed as well ( dangerous i know!)

    little cut and paste reminder if it's useful to anyone

    (N) – nitrogen is largely responsible for the growth of leaves on the plant. Phosphorus

    (P) – Phosphorus is largely responsible for root growth and flower and fruit development.

    (K) – Potassium is a nutrient that helps the overall functions of the plant perform correctly.

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