Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Luffa

Like most gardeners, I started gardening many years ago with one container, then I added another and then another...at the time I was renting and all I could really do was container gardening. All flowers. I never seriously thought about vegetables until about 4 years ago. At the time I was living in Britannia Beach and had lots of flower gardens but was looking for new gardening challenges ... that's when vegetables came into my gardening life.
My first year was not very good. I could basically count the number of vegetables I harvested on one hand. But I persevered and with the help of some very good advice from some very good gardeners. I amended my soil with compost, top soil, peat moss etc..
The second year was better, but just slightly. Again I worked on improving my soil and then...we moved. I'm now on my second year in Powell River my garden skills are improving. And although I've been much more successful with my vegetables, I still have a lot to learn but again looking for something new.

Enter Durgan a fabulous gardener I met on the Canadian Gardening forum. His garden is beautiful, well organized and he grows amazing fruit, vegetables and flowers. His blog is full of helpful hints and pictures to help gardeners, check it out http://www.durgan.org/Blog/.

I remember reading his post about growing luffas..growing luffas? Are luffas not from the sea?

Well no, they are grown, and I want to grow some, which if successful, will be paired with my home made soap, which I have yet to make...sigh...

But back to Durgan. I emailed him and asked where he purchased his seeds but instead he offered to mail some to me and I just got them in today's mail.



I hope these precious seeds grow big and strong so that I to can harvest luffas and pass along the seeds.

4 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

Woo hoo can't wait to see how they grow. Hugs..

Anonymous said...

Cool - that was kind of him - good luck! iol

Powell River Books said...

How great that he was willing to share seeds. I found two bean pods almost dry when I pulled the vines this year. They will be first "seed saver" tries. Sound like the luffas will be fun, but they sound like they might take too much space for my little garden. - Margy

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I can commiserate on the just getting it to really grow & then having to move! I had my first two luffas planted this year & they were nowhere near ready to harvest when we moved. I was bummed, but there's always next year. Good luck on yours. We'll have to compare notes.