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Loofah Surplus

March 5, 2013

The (luffah) loofah (luffa) gourds have been drying all winter, some on the vine still, most on a rack in the shed for the whole winter…… looking pretty rough.

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Well, a few days ago the sun was out and I had a few minutes to do something but wasn’t really looking to do something that felt like work, so I decided to clean some of these.

The way it goes: pick the bottom of the shell/skin off (it is easy), shake out the seeds into a container (beware, I found dropped seeds are kudzu by mid July), then peel the rest of the skin off.

Once this is complete, I soak them in a water/bleach solution for a few hours then rinse and place back out to dry.

How do the nasty, crusty old brown gourds look cleaned up and naked?

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But high above the shed one last gourd remains. Did I mention these vines grow like kudzu?

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(And after showing a picture of the worst view of the worst corner/border of the back yard, I am sure I will catch some grief from mrs cohutt. Don’t worry, I will post picture of my newest fence of penance when it is done this summer.)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2013 9:57 pm

    Darn you – again proving I’m the worst gardener in the world. I tried sowing loofah seeds several times in different places (in the ground, in pots) and didn’t see a single sprout of anything. I’m an utter failure! And you can’t keep the things from running wild. Grrrr.

    • March 5, 2013 10:41 pm

      Trade you my gourd skills for your chicken and bee skills?

      • March 6, 2013 12:57 am

        Include a loofah in your dispatch of that artichoke and I’ll send some honey and eggs back in the transporter.

        Beam ’em over Scottie!

      • March 6, 2013 7:43 am

        Heh

  2. March 5, 2013 10:04 pm

    That corner looks terrible. 😦

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