Gardening: Trying Something Different

One thing about gardening, is that you never know what will happen from day to day. This is such a true fact.

We are trying a few new things this year in our garden that we are excited about. One, we are trying to grow Container Corn from Burpee Seeds, and so far, we are having phenomenal success, as the corn is growing so well & getting taller every day.  Number Two, we are growing celery for the first time and started it from seed indoors and it has also taken off and has grown by leaps and bounds, and last but not least, Number Three, we are growing Loofahs!

Yes, you heard that correctly, we are attempting to grow Loofah Sponges, ya know those things you use in the bathroom for exfoliation.  For every person we have asked “where do you think Loofahs come from?”, they all answered “the ocean”.  Wrong!  Loofah’s grow from a black seed!  We have four Loofah plants growing in our garden right now! We have a friend of ours that thinks that we are telling them a fib about the loofah, because they don’t believe that a loofah can be grown in a container, as they too said that they come from the ocean. Well, all we want (to prove them wrong) is for one loofah to grow and produce a nice sized loofah.

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If you take a close look at the small growing loofah, it has an interesting texture on it. A loofah is from the squash family if I am not mistaken, and it needs to be pollinated for the loofah to produce & grow. The tip of the ones shown are waiting for the flower to open up. Once the Loofah is pollinated, it will grow into a nice sized Loofah where we will have to cut the skin off the outside of the Loofah, then hang it to dry outside. All the black seeds will then at that time be removed so we can use them to grow more next year, once they are dried properly. Interesting stuff, eh?

Since we have planted four seeds, each vine is starting to produce quite a number of loofah’s on each vine, which is a good thing, since I would love to have a few of these actually grow into a loofah. All in all, gardening is truly fun and we are so glad that we tried something new this year in the garden, as it makes it fun heading into the garden each morning to see what has happened over night!  These are just a few closeups of the Loofahs, but there are little Loofahs popping up all over these vines right now!

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I will be slowly starting to get back into my garden posts, as I have taken a much needed break from blogging, so get ready for some awesome stuff!

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16 thoughts on “Gardening: Trying Something Different

    • I think that everyone has the same thought as you, that loofahs come from the ocean. I was surprised too. Their vines are growing up our garden fence right now, but unless a loofah is pollinated, we won’t get any loofahs! We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can at least get one to grow for us! It would be so cool to see it on the vine!

    • I know, crazy eh? We are still waiting for one to get pollinated, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. I would be happy to just get one to grow, but if not, we will definitely be trying these again next year!

      • I know that feeling well. Nature reminds us that she’s in control. We nurture and encourage and support, but those birds, bees, winds and sun also need to do their part. Good luck!

  1. That is so totally cool my friend. I had no thoughts that a loofah came from a plant. Like others, I thought it was from the ocean. Squeals – I can’t wait to see the final product. So awesome. I love your gardening blogs! XOXO – Bacon

  2. I have no idea what a loofah plant is, so I look forward to seeing them fully grown. I also don’t know what celery looks like when it’s growing, so that will be cool, too. I love your great close-up photos!

    • The loofah plant actually looks almost exactly like a pumpkin plant, but the leaves are a tad different. We are just hoping to get at least one loofah to grow to full size for us! Our celery is doing very well for us, as this was something that we never ever grew before, but we are glad that we did! The stalks are getting ready to be picked pretty soon. We will definitely be planting celery next year again! I am glad that you enjoy my photographs! That makes me happy!

    • Hey Guys! Man, I sooooo have to get back into the blogging game again, because I miss all of you so much! Our gardening adventures this year are no different than prior years, you just get some different “issues” to deal with each year! LOL

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