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  1. Homesteading and gardening
    This is 6 days after sowing these seeds.
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    15 February 2012 Planting Luffa Seeds. 15 February 2012 Planting Luffa Seeds Four plants are required to meet my purposes. Four containers of three seeds each were planted. Luffa plants grow slowly and require about six months to produce fruit.My Zone 5 is marginal, but usually get a reasonable...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    20 October 2011 Making Luffa Hand Soap 20 October 2011 Making Luffa Hand Soap The dried luffa sponges were impregnated with glycerine soap and cut into hand cakes. The mould was made from two inch diameter PVC pipe with a cap to contain the liquid soap when poured into the mould. The glycerine...
  4. Homesteading and gardening
    18 October 2011 Luffa. 18 October 2011 Luffa Some dried luffa were picked today and prepared for use. There are about 20 fruit on the three vines. Luffa take a long season and my area is at the limit. The un-dried sponges will be left on the vine until dry, then processed. The shell is removed...
  5. Homesteading and gardening
    19 May 2011 Luffa cylindrica 19 May 2011 Luffa cylindrica Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) were planted outside along its support trellis. These plants were started indoors on 22 February 2011. They make excellent sponges if the weather is accommodating. The plant grows slowly and requires about...
  6. Homesteading and gardening
    21 November 2010 Making Luffa Soap Cakes. 21 November 2010 Making Luffa Soap Cakes. Experimental luffa soap cakes were made today. Pictures depict the process. Ingredients are glycerin soap, isopropyl alcohol, dye, luffa, and various molds. Spraying the luffa with alcohol assists in binding the...
  7. Homesteading and gardening
    16 November 2010 Luffa Sponges. 16 November 2010 Luffa Sponges Luffa require a long growing season about six months, and warm weather. The bottom of the hanging fruit were cut off to facilitate draining of liquid, hoping they will dry prior to freeze up. About half my luffa’s are dry and...
  8. Homesteading and gardening
    Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AVITH 12 September 2009 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) There are about seven large fruit, but they must dry on the vine before making sponges. The growth has been poor this year due to cool weather and not enough sun. The trellis should...
  9. Homesteading and gardening
    http://www.durgan.org/URL/?Loofah 23 May 2009 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) (aka. Luffa, Luffah, Loofa, Loofah, Sze Qwa, Cee Gwa, Sponge Gourd, Dishcloth Gourd) Seeds were started indoors on 20 April 2009, and placed in the outdoor garden on 23 May 2009. The bed was heavily mulched to inhibit...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?FPCUQ 21 September 2008 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) Seventeen large luffa fruiting bodies are forming several are over 20 inches in length. Now the season has to endure long enough for the bodies to ripen. http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?KYAWO Summary: Luffa...
  11. Garden and plants
    Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?MGIAZ 8 April 2008 Repotting luffah seedlings. The seeds were planted in a pot covered with a clear plastic bag 21 March 2008. All seeds germinated. These seeds were from my 2006 stock, since I didn't get any mature seeds in 2007...
  12. Make It Yourself
    I grew luffa gourds this past summer. With the big move to across the state and everything that goes along with that I just got around to peeling them. I'm so excited. I have tons of seeds to plant this year. I only have three nice sponges but that is plenty enough for me to cut into...
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