White comfrey flowers

This is what the wild, self-seeded comfrey plant outside my front door looked like last week. It doesn’t look like that now, though, because I have cut it back and put the leaves to rot in one of my comfrey buckets (they have lids and taps). First, though, I had to empty out the last lot of comfrey liquid. I can’t remember when I made it – I don’t think it was last year, I think it must have been before that – and I harvested 3 litres of comfrey liquid from my pair of bucket. That’s certainly enough to keep my tomatoes and peppers happy this year!


Comfrey in a pot

I do have a comfrey plant in a pot, which I rescued from the ‘weeds’ in the lawn last year, which needs planting out in my allotment strip, and then I will be back to full production. Do you grow your own comfrey fertilizer? I used to have Bocking 14, the Russian comfrey variant that doesn’t set seed and so doesn’t spread; those plants were left behind on the allotment. It doesn’t matter that my new plants are wild, the fertilizer effect is the same, and they’re endemic to the local area so they will spread regardless.


Seed pods

I spent a couple of hours in the garden on Sunday morning (it threw it down with rain all day Saturday) and did things like earthing up the potatoes with peat-free compost and digging a bit more of the front garden. I also sowed more agretti seeds – I’ve had no luck really with my sowings so far, germination has been appalling and I have 1 viable plant from two goes. This time I have sowed some outside, and some in a tub and fingers crossed they will work better.

While I was outside I also planted two Growables seed pods that I won in a gardening competition. They’re not the kind of things I would buy – treated with both fungicide and non-organic fertilizers – but since they arrived I thought I would give them a try. They’re guaranteed to grow, which I think is partly arranged by them having more than one seed in the pod. There are instructions to thin them down to one if they all come up. Anyway, we shall see what happens with those. One is a courgette – Diamant F1 – and the other is Cherry Tomato Balconi. At least I have got plenty of feed for them, when they grow 🙂


Courgette seed pod planted

The garden is full of promise at the moment, but the weather is less so. It’s still hard to trust that (when it’s not bucketing down) it will stay warm enough at night to keep tender plants healthy. I have a lot hanging out in the little plastic greenhouse I erected last week. It will be nice when they can be properly planted out, but the garden is coming along nicely 🙂

If you don’t live somewhere wild comfrey grows, or know anyone who can give you a root cutting, then it is possible to buy it, e.g. comfrey seeds from T&M and comfrey seeds and comfrey plants from Victoriana Nursery Gardens.



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