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Comfrey tea without the smell (or fuss)

I never wanted to go to the bother of making Comfrey tea as the descriptions of smell, sludge etc put me off. I was discussing this with a colleague and they told me if a much easier method. They just stuff leaves into a pipe and cover the end with a mesh bag and let it decompose in the pipe and drip into a bottle.
I tried it in autumn and using the last of the leaves from a division they gave me I put them in a 40mm pipe (all I had on me) in the garage. 
My wife has the sense of smell of a bloodhound and no comments yet - I cannot smell a thing. What comes out is something akin to thin soy sauce and it smells like seaweed extract.
I'll be using it at about 1 egg cup full to a 10l can eventually to see how it goes.
I hope I have uploaded a photo of my 'rig'. This includes a two foot length and 8" length of 40mm pipe plus s 135 degree bend and an upcycled garlic bag and oasis bottle (other juices are available!). You can see the liquid in the bottom of the bottle.

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,908
    A bucket with a lid seems less hassle to me.
  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 286
    I really like the 'witch' aspect too! It grows in the hedgerows round my village and I like pulling it and taking it home to make a brew.
  • Each to their own  :)
  • Ha ha. I'd have to pay commission to my workmate!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    There was an Irishwoman featured on GW last year who does pong free comfrey tea by stuffing the leaves into a large container and weighting them down with a stone.  The container has a hole in the bottom and is stood on bricks so it can drip down into a smaller container below.   The resulting liquid can then be diluted as needed and used as a foliar spray or a liquid feed.

    No smelly goo in buckets that needs to be strained and diluted whilst holding one's nose and the residue is a lot less smelly on the compost heap too.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Sounds very similar. The water (and rotting vegetation) is left out of it until watering can phase
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    edited January 2021
    Yes.  I like your pipe system (and your Wolf tools display) but I have an old kitchen bin in mind for my comfrey tea this year.  Much easier to stack and I'm hoping to grow quite a lot of comfrey this year......


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Good idea! This is my first attempt so once the divisions get going I may have to come up with a bigger solution myself 👍
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,064
    @shane.farrell67 -I think the main drawback of your system is removal of the waste left behind in the pipe - especially with the bend in it. 
    Have you got a widget of some kind to push it all out?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Yep I have a bendy stick but there's hardly and residue as it seems to eventually all rot down. Either way I can just take it apart and dump in the green waste if needed.  

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