Comfrey Fermentation


My next venture into Korean Natural Farming techniques is FPJ aka Fermented Plant Juice. Comfrey01 Comfrey02 Comfrey03 Comfrey04 Comfrey05 Comfrey06 Comfrey

The Comfrey I got from Coe’s Comfrey last fall are really doing well this year. In fact I should have paid more attention to where I had planted it, apparently I missed some when transplanting them out before tilling the area for the first of my new 4’x12′ beds and now there are little comfrey plants coming up all over. Those little plants are going to be allowed to get a little bigger before they get potted up and either transplanted or given to one of the Master Gardeners at the UNCE orchard. Comfrey Comfrey09

The first harvest of leaves resulted in a 1 gallon bucketful weighing a pound and a half. Four days later you can’t even tell anything was cut from the plants, this stuff grows like mad and thrives on high nitrogen sources like raw chicken manure and straight urine! Comfrey11Comfrey12

After mixing/macerating the comfrey at a rate of 2/1 with brown sugar the volume was greatly reduced. Comfrey14 Comfrey13

Four days later and the mix has started to funk up a bit but hasn’t gotten stinky….yet. Comfrey15

While not strictly according to the procedure laid out by Bryan McGrath in this excellent FPJ outline:  I added 3 cups of  dechlorinated water because it seemed like the right thing to do. At this point my Comfrey concoction smells sorta like canned spinach.

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Then it was back into my newest hidey-hole to ferment until next weekend. If my brew starts developing the dreaded hydrogen-sulfide rotten egg smell it’s going to have to move up to the orchard to escape detection by my sweety Karen.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Comfrey Fermentation

  1. Just to be clear, this is fertiliser, not chicken (or, heaven forbid, human) food?

    As fertiliser is it really all that much better than composting the comfrey? Is it worth assaulting poor Karen’s nose? I guess I haven’t read (or adopted) all that natural farming stuff you have and that could explain why my plants do okay, but not amazing like yours.

    • Max says:

      Even with America’s current obsession with fermented foods I don’t think anyone would eat this muck. Rather than a fertilizer FPJ is more of a food that is sprayed on the foliage bypassing the root system to directly supply micro-nutrients, phytochemicals, hormones and other fancy schmancy stuff directly to the plant. Does all this work better that just composting the comfrey? Heck if I know! In reality I’m trying to make my beds/orchard area one large composter and spraying this and the other goop I’ve brewed is an attempt to fortify and energize all those little microbes eatin up all of the raw organic matter my lazy butt dumped out there. As to amazing vs okay I would definitely place your garden in the former whereas mine is solidly in the latter.

  2. […] my answer was? Last month I made FPE (fermented plant extract) with some of my comfrey, my post Comfrey Fermentation outlined the procedure. The result was a greenish liquids that smelled a bit like canned green […]

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