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shaun

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« on: May 09, 2007, 20:36 »
i cant remember where i seen this in a book on the telly or the net but it was drain pipe with a collecting bottle at the bottom.
basically you shove your leaves in the top followed by a weight of some kind to compress the leaves,and out of the bottom comes the black stuff in neat form,has anyone got one of these ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 20:52 »
I pack comfrey leaves into strong plastic sacks (forestry sacks).  Tie neck loosely & leave inverted over the top of a plastic dustbin (inside shed).  Neat stuff, as you say.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007, 21:41 »
so how much neat black stuff do you get from a sack full dave?
and what ratio do you dilute for your crops?
this one i seen was realy tidy it was attached to the side of a shed looked just like a drain pipe about 6' high he just kep topping it up with new leaves.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007, 22:22 »
My method ain't tidy, granted.   These are big sacks ... maybe a gallon over the space of 4 - 6 weeks??   Dilute about 20 : 1 maybe.  These are both guesses.

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007, 12:27 »
I tried the pipe method but it seemed to take ages. I just bung some leaves into an onion bag and put it in a bucket of water with a brick to hold it down. Then stand well back.
I dilute it to pale tea colour and try not to breathe too near it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007, 13:57 »
Is this what you mean Shaun?

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007, 21:19 »
thats the one aggy thanks for that  :wink:
ive made a drainpipe one pictures to follow i had a bit of square drain pipe some plastic bottles and a watering can rose 2 empty redbull cans filled with grout(cement and water) and a bit of string. 8)

noshed how long was your drain pipe ?

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2007, 00:25 »
About a metre or so.

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2007, 19:38 »
ive made mine 3m long if it works ok .i will make a load of them and line up on the shed wall like soldiers  :wink:

how long would you keep the black stuff in bottles for guys?

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2007, 22:32 »
Not long. It is the stinkiest thing since the last most stinky thing you've smelt.

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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2007, 22:59 »
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Not long. It is the stinkiest thing since the last most stinky thing you've smelt.
Naw ... I reckon it's smellier than that.

But I have kept it from one season to the next.

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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2007, 14:54 »
Would the drainpipe thingy work with nettles?  My comfrey isn't big enough to start harvesting yet.

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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2007, 17:08 »
not sure about nettles mel,give it a go.
i rigged mine up yesterday and filled it up with leaves and all  8)
now one thing i must add is the drain pipe is to small unless you have the patience to cut it up into tiny bits,so i'm going to make one out of 150mm soil/drain pipe.watch this space :wink:

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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2007, 01:25 »
Is the comfrey concentrate made simply from the leaves rotting or is it compaction or is a bit of water added? I've never seen or heard anything like it, but I've now got comfrey plants growing at the property line.

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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2007, 20:13 »
just put the leaves and all in trillium no water its just the juices of the plant,like i said above i put it up on sunday morning and this evening theres about half an inch of black stuff in the collecting bottle 8)



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