This Summer my Comfrey patch has been glorious. A buzz with bees zig zagging from each flower to the next. The flowers like violet bells swaying in the breeze. Our little patch of Comfrey we’d planted last Summer but this year it has filled out like a dream. A mixture of sterile Russian Bocking 14 Comfrey purchased on Ebay from Reedy Meadow Nursery in Devon and some Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) the patch is already beginning to pay us back. Planted in a boggy rough grounded corner of the plot the Comfrey is thriving bringing up to the surface all those goodie nutrients from deep down ready to use in their prickly leafs. So far this season we’ve used it when sowing our potatoes as an excellent speedy compost activator and as I type a stinky tub of leaves are fermenting away for Comfrey tea for our tomatoes and courgettes to fest upon. Apart from being an excellent free source nutrients it also brings in all the bug life, including the dear beneficial pollinating insects. Who hopefully after gorging themselves on the Comfrey nectar may stay around and return the favour pollinating a bean, tomato or squash or two.
Hopefully by using the sterile Russian Bocking 14 Comfrey we can control it’s spread without it self-seeding traipsing its way like bully across the whole plot and our neighbours! Hooray for Comfrey a real star of the allotment!