Russian Comfrey Fert

Discussion in 'Organics' started by Spanishfly, Jul 25, 2010.

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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    I make a kick ass organic fert from Russian Comfrey, thought I would write a post outlining my method for those who are interested.

    The correct strain of Comfrey is Bocking 14 - easily found on line - comes as a root -costs about €1 a root - this is the only time you will have to buy anything. Plant in accordance with the supplier´s instructions. If you have a damp spot in your garden, that is a great place to plant the Comfrey roots. Here is my Comfrey bed.

    my comfrey bed.jpg

    Get a large plastic bottle - I find a 8 litre mineral water bottle to be fine. Fill it 2/3 with water, then pull leaves off the comfrey and stuff them in the bottle until it is very full.

    starting off.jpg

    Every day shake the bottle and unscrew the cap to release the gases that accumulate - they smell like a fart to be proud of.

    After two weeks pick more leaves and stuff the bottle full again - keep on shaking.

    After a month you are ready to strain the concoction, pass it through a sieve and remove the remaining solid material. This can be dug in as a solid fert but also makes a good compost activator.

    The final product is a dark, very smelly liquid that is diluted 20:1 with water and fed to your girls.

    final product.jpg
     
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    stescugeorge

    stescugeorge Member

    And the results?
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    Brilliant!!
     
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    CanniMed

    CanniMed Member

    Sounds like a fun experiment to do with a test plant, thanks :)
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    It is one of a couple of ferts that I use alternately, and also with plain water, the other being BioCanna, but my overall results are pleasing. Of course there are so many other influences to take into account, but a yield of 26 ounces for one plant of White Widow can't be bad. I get so many yields of over a pound a plant anyway.
     
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    vladxp

    vladxp Active Member

    Over a pound dry? i suppose this is outdoors? if so im buying this thing tomorrow it will grow so nicely in my backyard..
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    Oh yes vlad, outdoors of course. Dried weight.
     
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    Wetdog

    Wetdog Well-Known Member

    Checking into this also.

    Wet
     
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    Comando

    Comando Member

    Id love to see some Pics...
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    Got just over a pound dried off this WW lady. fat man.jpg
     
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    Balzac89

    Balzac89 Undercover Mod

    What else do you use besides the homemade comfrey juice?
     
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    Wetdog

    Wetdog Well-Known Member

    I'm going to plant some next spring, it's a little late in the season for this year. Have a nice spot for it too.

    Wet
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    BioCanna and molasses in the last month of flowering.

    This BioCanna:
    bio-canna.jpg
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    Excellent Wetdog - hope it works well for you.

    My comfrey bed is the best ever this year - I have far more than I can use - the surplus will add a good load of nutes to my compost.
     
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    homebrewer

    homebrewer Well-Known Member

    I do the same thing with weeds in my yard. I throw them into a 55 gallon trash can with water, aerate continuously for a few weeks and am left with a very similar looking solution as you. I use it in veggie garden, not my herb garden ;).
     
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    Tahmi.Guhnn

    Tahmi.Guhnn Active Member

    would you suggest this in a dwc? or is it not provide all the nutrients. I've also heard conflicting accounts on using molasses in a dwc. anyone have any experience doing any of this?
     
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    Balzac89

    Balzac89 Undercover Mod

    Do you have any info on Biocanna? I'll just search.
     
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    Balzac89

    Balzac89 Undercover Mod

    I couldn't find anything. They list nutrients on bottle?
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    Yes, next time I go upstairs I´ll have a read.

    Photograph today, flowering coming on well, lots of big colas coming on this WW, she is tied down, helps all the branches make like the main cola.

    View attachment 1110865
     
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    Spanishfly

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    dwc? Sorry, I probably know it but dwc doesn´t immediately come to mind.
     

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