Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is our Luffa vine which i realize now I planted a little bit late however I have managed to harvest 3 reasonably large Luffa's from it I never know where they came from until i was reading about them on Rhonda Hertzels' Down--to--Earth blog. So I got some seeds and grew my own. About mid Autumn the vine started to look a bit wilty so I decided it must be time to harvest so I removed the luffa's and put them aside to dry.
Luffa's are related to Gourds and have lovely yellow flowers. You can in fact eat them but am not sure if i would be keen when they are so great to use in the shower and also make good pot scrubbers.
Well a couple of weeks ago I set about removing the sponge from the luffa. I topped and tailed them and pealed the skin away to find the fibrous spongey section underneath. Then i washed them clean and realized the best way to get the numerous seeds out would be to bang the sponge against the side of the laundry troph. There were a lot of seeds!
Then i was left with the sponges which were a little bit squishy and wet so I put them in a hanging basket and hung them to dry in the sun.
Our new luffa !
I've done a bit of reading about them and have since discovered they should be planted in about mid -spring and the luffa's allowed to dry on the vine. I picked mine when they were still green as winter was fast approaching and they weren't looking like they were going to dry on vine. Next year I will plant them a little earlier about the same time as pumpkins and zucchinis.
If anyone in Victoria, NSW, or SA would like some seeds I am happy to send them to you . Please email me if you would like some and leave your mailing address. I'll put them in the mail.
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