Thursday, February 23, 2017

Finally taming the wild loofah.

    Early in the Spring of last year, we decided to once again try to grow loofahs. We have tried to grow them in the past but the season was just not long enough. This time we planted the seed in four-inch peat pots and started them under grow lights.They are easy to start from seed and we soon had a flat full of lush loofahs. Trying not to get too excited after all we had been at this point before, We installed four cow panels into an arch. The baby loofahs were soon nestled in close to the arch as soon as the weather was warm enough and all danger of frost had passed.  Well, the days passed, warm wonderful days filled with sunshine, warm rain fell on them, birds sang and the bees buzzed. The loofahs sat and sat and sat not one new leaf nothing. Were we to be disappointed once again?  All of a sudden the plants seemed to take off! We don't know if they over heard us discussing pulling them up and planting pole beans or if that is just the common loofah behavior.  However, they took off like crazy. If you watched you could almost see them growing. They were vining skyward at an unbelievable rate. Soon the loofahs reached the top of the arch but still, they climbed up and over them went passed the arch and were grabbing the tomato cages. We tried looping them back over the arch.  But loofahs are bold and wild there is no telling them where to grow. They were the rebellious teenagers of the garden not paying our good ideas about what was best for them any attention. Like having teenagers you just have to deal with them. Soon they were covered with bright yellow blooms and lots of bees. The bees loved the loofah blooms! Then we noticed tiny loofahs that grew and grew soon we had some very large loofahs. We were thrilled.!  We were able to get a large number of these wonderful gourds. We picked some green they make a softer sponge. Most we picked after they had started to change color from green to a darker brown.  Some we dried and will use in the shower. Others were cut into smaller pieces for dish washing. We also made gardeners soap out of some of them.  They have really come in handy. We look forward to growing more of them next year. 

Lots of loofahs

Lots of yellow loofah blooms
Wild tomato grabbing


Covering the arch
Dried loofahs

Loofa sponges. Peeled, seeds removed and washed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The perfect picture painting for us

    This is a picture that was painted by Lynne Jaindl for Grand. Lynne is a wonderful artist from Macon Ga. It's a painting of a picture from the blog. We think the chicken wire behind the glass is a nice touch.  Summer Rose loves her polka dot boots and now they have been immortalized in art forever. We can't wait to get our old farmhouse remodeled and find just the right place for this adorable painting. Thank you, Lynne!!!