(NaturalNews) As the food supply becomes more and more poisoned, a lot of people are moving toward growing their own food in backyard gardens. And if there's one thing every backyard gardener should know about - it's comfrey. Comfrey is an herb that makes things grow - and using it in the garden can easily and dramatically increase the size, heartiness, and productivity of your plants.
The key constituent in comfrey is allantoin which encourages the growth of cells in both plants and humans. It's long been used in the natural health world to quickly regrow bones and even heal problems like torn ligaments. And in the garden, using some comfrey can boost the size of many plants and encourage lackluster plants to grow.
There are many ways to use comfrey in the garden - and of course the amount you'll need depends on the size and number of plants you have. An easy way to use comfrey in the garden is simply to use some dried, finely shredded leaves and soak them in water to make a tea. You can use a half cup of leaves of so per gallon of water - just let them sit for about 24 hours until it becomes a tea. Then, just water your plants with the tea and let the leaves fall around your plants too. You can water every few days or as desired - and smaller plants may just need a cup or so of the tea per watering, while larger plants can use a bit more. Generally, you'll start to see the difference in a month or so, with regular use.
Of course, comfrey can also be used on large farms, in place of chemical-based fertilizers. It's actually an ideal substitute - along with some basic composting - to add nutrients back into the soil. Comfrey teas have been shown to be comparable or richer in key nutrients for plants - like phosphorus and nitrogen - than manure or commercial liquid plant foods.
Comfrey also grows easily and it's mineral dense. In fact, it grows so easily that it's sometimes considered an invasive plant. However, for that reason, it's ideal for large farms because supply isn't an issue - and for smaller gardens it's best to grow it in large pots. Comfrey leaves can also be harvested every couple of weeks for an ongoing supply and a plant can be easily started from a root cutting.
When I went to England we went to the Rhyton Organic Gardens and they had a demo about Comfrey-making tea and stuff. It is widely used there (England) (or at least that is what I guessed from observations ;). I would like to plant a bunch of it next year to try it out. Websites from the UK have the best info on it.