So, is there any benefit or drawback in using plants (like comfrey) that seem to break down much quicker and turn into a tea quicker, other than the obvious time savings/immediacy?
Good to have you here!
Welcome to Eric and kudos on choosing an interesting topic. I want to quote Marco Banks:
[I'm curious about your thoughts regarding comfrey tea -- comfrey being the only ingredient. ]
The only compost teas I've made are lazy versions of comfrey tea--just chop it down, put it in a bucket, then pour the water on my plants after a week or so. I sometimes also through in squash leaves that I've picked to eliminate the squash bug eggs on them. I'm never sure (that is I haven't done any rigorous studies on) whether it helps, but my intuition says it's good for brassica crops. I'll look forward to people's comments on comfrey tea specifically and in general.
I've wondered the same thing. The fast breakdown is one reason I like using comfrey. Read a few minutes ago about using compost tea in seed balls. Going to give it a try, starting with comfrey tea. (why doesn't the permie spell checker recognize comfrey?)
The blue flowers on your comfrey indicates that it is the Bocking 4 variety?