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    Comfrey can be used as a leaf mulch, or turned into tea.

    You can make borage tea, nettle tea too and apparently horsetail tea too.

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    And you can make the manure's into tea's as well. My father never used the manure directly as it burned the roots.
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    Good tip about chicken manure and avoiding battery hens - I hadn't thought of that.

    I do have some comfrey tea, it's just that I thought we used that for potassium mostly. We had loads of borage last year - went on the compost. I will make tea out of it this year.

    Now you mention manure tea, I remember my grandad used to do that - had it in sacking contained within a barrel of water. It stank! But it must have done th job

    Thanks everybody for your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurasilver View Post
    Now you mention manure tea
    Comfrey is higher in nutrients, make that instead
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Try your local animal rescues if you want cruelty free 'manure', I know some of the small animal places have a lot of trouble dealing with the amount of waste they produce so you're doing them a favour taking it away. Rabbit stuff can be dug straight in without composting. There are places that deal with horses/donkey/chickens etc if you want a different flavour of poop.

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    That's a brilliant idea. We have a PDSA metres away from the allotment, but it deals mostly with dogs and cats. However, santuaries are something I had never considered; thanks for the suggestions.

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