Comfrey harvested slightly over 2 weeks ago got hung to dry, then moved to the garage for a couple of days when Tropical Storm Colin came to visit and got moved out again for summer sun drying for 7 days.
When nicely brown and dehydrated, I laid it in a cardboard box and sprinkled it with a scoop of compost. Then it was left to cure for another 7 days ~ almost similar principle to preserving vegetables.
Comfrey curing in a cardboard box.
I use cardboard boxes as it absorbs moisture and prevents condensation and rot. After proper curing, those leaves are now covered with mycelium! So sweet smelling …
Almost looks like winter frost, doesn’t it?
Now it’s ready for use. I will mix some into potting soil, some into vegetable beds, some into soil-mix to be used for Fall planting and some into my worm bin. This will be done in summer while all Comfrey plants are growing extra fast & producing leaves extra big and thick. This is my form of organic soil enrichment which I think has Ma Nature’s approval.
My Russian Comfrey a.k.a Bocking 14 grows extra fast in summer, so in anticipation of another harvest in Fall, early summer is the best time to harvest those giant Comfrey leaves to make plant/soil food.
Healthy green Comfrey plants under my mango & papaya trees.
Just waiting to be harvested
See the size of each leaf!
There are many articles, in magazines and on the web, about the usage of their leaves for medicinal purpose, mulching, brewing of that stinky compost tea, etc., but I’m going to use it my way, since I’ve found it works well. After cutting off 60% of leaves ~ the large ones from the soil up ~ I hang them to dry.
2 of 10 bunches and it’s definitely Comfrey; not tobacco 🙂
What better way to dry than in hot summer sun?
Follow-up action/post forthcoming, when leaves are nicely dried …
There are various types of Comfrey but I have chosen to grow the Russian Comfrey Bocking #14. This is one of my best green manure which I simply chop and drop. It’s the time of the year when it begins its crazy growth and the leaves get gigantic, so more chopping & dropping coming.
Average 2ft long leaf
I use Comfrey as poultice when I bruise my poor feet on long jogs or plain impact injury. So far ~ it has worked ~ fast healing. It is blooming time and the one under my Loquat tree is the 1st to bud.
Soon to flower
Comfrey under the Mango tree
I am reblogging Not Dabbling in Normal‘s very comprehensive post on Comfrey.
Disclaimer: My use of Comfrey is my personal choice. I am only sharing this information here from experience and not as a medical expert. You should do your own research and dabble with its healing properties carefully and at you own risk.