Changed My Background

As you can see, I changed my background and now I’m trying to figure out what should go where.  I wish I had my friend Susan’s knowledge.  She’s such a good friend, every time i get into trouble ( which is often) she’s right there to give a helping hand.

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Luffa Sponge

Luffa Sponge

 

This is off topic, but I came across this picture today and started laughing:) a few years ago I learned that Luffa’s grow on a vine like cucumbers, so I got the bright idea of growing some and make bath baskets for Christmas.  The reason I say I laughed is because what you see in the picture is the one and only sponge that grew. Lol lots of blossom’s but that was it. I was sooo excited and thought how cool I was to think of doing such a thing. ROFLOL. Well, needless to say, I kept my one and only Luffa:). One of these day’s I’ll try it again.

Luffa

You know, I totally forgot to post a picture of the luffa sponge after I got it cleaned etc.  I’ve got about 100 seeds from the one luffa.  I’m going to plant again this year and I really do hope I get more than ONE. lol

I’ve been using it as you can see.  I’ve always liked the luffa sponge so this has really been a fun experience. lol   Happy Week Everyone!

My One and Only Loofa lol

This is the Luffa now, it’s getting bigger and fatter by the day. Unfortunately it is going to be the only one from the looks of things. The nights have been so cool and our days have cooled off a lot too, that there’s just no way the blossoms are going to take. So I’m nursing this little baby along. I check it every day to make sure it’s still there and a squirrel, rat or raccooon hasn’t come along and snatched it. lol It’s been quite an adventure this year. Next year I’ll make sure they get outside much earlier so they’ll have more time to grow.

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The ongoing Luffa Saga

Well, I still have only the one Luffa on all those plants but it’s growing.  Our days haven’t been as warm as they should be and the nights have been pretty cool.  We’re lovin’ it, but the plants aren’t real happy with it, they staying kind of at a standstill.  My tomatoes are small and still green, I don’t think they’re ever going to turn unless we get an Indian Summer.    Here’s the Luffa though. TADA!

It’s about the size of a cucumber, a little fatter but about 7 inches long.  I keep hoping to see more but if I only get one that’s better than none.  I’ll try again next year.  Have a great day everyone!

Luffa and a Blossom or two

I went out this morning and found a baby Luffa on my plant!!! yaaaaay!  There are several new blossoms too.  The only problem with the picture is I sprayed for ants the other day and the dead ants are still on the blossom on the luffa.  eeeeeeeeeeeew!  Makes me feel like creepy crawly’s are on me! lol

Aren’t they cool! lolol  I’m so easily entertained it’s really scarey somtimes! lol

Growing Luffa’s

Good morning:)  I’ve been outside taking pictures of my Luffa plants.  I decided this year I was going to try my hand at it.  Luffa’s are the rough sponges we shower with?  I always thought they came from the sea so imagine my surprise to find out they came from a plant.  They grown much like a cucumber does, on a long plant that gets about ten feet tall or so.  They bloom like a cucumber and then the luffas starts from there.  I had one blossom and was really excited until yesterday when I checked on it I saw i’d gotten ants and they pretty well demolished that poor flower.  There are several more getting ready to bloom though so maybe, just maybe I’ll get at least a few luffa’s.

This is what the Luffa plant looks like, I have them in containers with large tomato tenders.  They’ve gotten quite large in the last couple of weeks, even with our cool summer.  Which I’m afraid is going to be a problem for the lufffa’s growth.
That little pointy thing (a little on the blury side is going to be a blossom if all goes well.  The luffa’s look like a cucumber when they first start growing but get quite thick and resemble a zucchini more as they get larger.  You don’t pick them from the plant until fall when the plant begins to wilt with the fall weather.  So since i have them in containers i’m hoping if they need more time to grow I’ll be able to move them into the garage and give the plant a little extra growing time.    I HOPE! lol  I had these high hopes of having luffa sponges for everyone at Christmas time.  Putting together baskets with Gails soaps and lotions, all handmade items. Or homegrown.   It can still happen, so time will tell.
Later with any luck I’ll be able to show how you clean them and have sponges:)  Have a great day!