So...today I have an update on the mysterious comfrey tea that I started to brew a couple of weeks ago. First though, calendulas, or rather spent calendulas and just what exactly to do with them when they are still being generous as ever but the space is really needed for something else.....!
Our calendulas were grown in a double row in a bed just over 3 metres long. They provided so many blooms for months and months but the space was needed for some climbing beans. All of the plants (which were showing signs of age, at no expense to the flowers), were pulled up and filled a wheelbarrow generously.
I had thought I would pass them through our little shredder but this proved to be virtually impossible so chose the lawnmower instead.
It made light work out of mulching them up finely.
The same wheelbarrow of plants, significantly reduced in size after shredding.....
Then into a circular vegetable garden bed they went, to be turned and distributed by our feathered workers.
I'm hoping that as they break down they will act as a natural pest repellant to control nematodes, which Sonya has written about here.
And now to the comfrey tea. I had been checking the leaves daily and noticed that they stayed in tact for some time and then virtually overnight they seemed to break apart and start rotting! Really fast!
Not quite a black liquid yet but it's getting there, and there are still some leafy particles that I want to break down a little more until virtually disintigrated. Maybe a couple more weeks? Oh, and the smell is not that bad...Ok, it's bad, but not that bad.......not when it is compared to the rotten eggs the duck had been sitting on!