Kristi, I cut the whole plant about 4-5" above the soil level. I layer (thickly) what I've cut around plants that need a little fertilizer. I can do this at least 3X a season, sometimes 4X, depending when I start cutting. It always grows back... enough to chop and drop again.
Coincidence that I came across this thread.
I gather bunches of leaves and of flower buds when they're just done. I line up the midribs and lay them on top of each other till I have a handful. Then I grab it all and start twisting off hunks. That makes it easy the coarsely shred. Do what you like with the shreds; I may soak them overnight in a bucket of water, and water with that. I need a lot more too if I'm to use them all over!
Nice to see you pop in, Sally! I don't make comfrey tea but maybe I should...
The best source of quickly available potassium for organic gardeners is comfrey, and everyone should have a comfrey bed to supply a very useful high potash liquid manure, for tomatoes setting their first fruit and other potash hungry plants. This powerful, long-lived perennial needs a position in full sun away from trees or privet hedges, so its roots can go down deeply to gather minerals far out of reach of most garden plants. Fresh leaves can be used as a mulch or dug directly into the soil, where they will break down without leaching nitrogen from the soil.
I look back now and wonder how I managed to go all those years with a garden and NO comfrey. I could easily use 15-20 more plants in and around my spread-out gardens.
Hi Darius! Thanks for that quick info blurb. I should give mine a better place, AND 'divide to multiply', this fall maybe.
Last year, at one point, we had placed our (buried dog waste) bucket very close to the comfrey. I hoped to get some quick cycling of the nitrogen from the poo to the plant to the leaves to the garden. But the plant seemed very sickly for much of last summer, so maybe it was too close . This year it is growing very well.