The Small Scale Liquid Comfrey Maker

Rob Croft
Monday, 24th September 2012

This easy DIY comfrey maker is made out of recycled materials and will feed your plants like no other organic fertiliser!

As the world's worst DIY person, I am pleased to tell you that this compact comfrey maker works! The resources needed is part of a pallet (I spotted a broken one at the local recycling centre), wood preservative, a drainpipe, some plastic fixtures, a plastic bottle,a jam jar and tape.

Put the device together as in the photograph and then simply stuff the drainpipe with comfrey leaves and then let the resulting liquid drop through the nozzle at the bottom. Use the liquid in your watering can diluted 20:1. 

Reader, John Clarke, suggests that if you can get a bottle that will fit into the pipe, fill it with stones or water and tie a piece of string to its top. You can put it on top of the comfrey and the weights squashes / squeezes out the liquid. You pull the bottle out again with the string to reload.

This is a tidy solution for small urban spaces.

Further resources

Permaculture in Pots: How to Grow Food in Small Urban Spaces for a special price of £9.70 from our Green Shopping site

Edible Cities:Urban Permaculture for Gardens, Balconies, Rooftops and Beyond for just £11.20 from our Green Shopping site

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barriecrossan |
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 16:31

Another item that could work well for squashing the contents is a round fence post or other round wooden post that will fit into the pipe with a little clearence. You could even put markings on the post so you can see how far it compresses the comfrey over time.

fabiofurlan |
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 17:12

Please! Could someone explain to me what is The Small Scale Liquid Comfrey Maker??

bncet678 |
Sun, 22/07/2018 - 11:02