Success! By far my favorite garden project of 2014, and a tutorial so easy it barely needs words. We planted sponges in our back yard and they totally grew. It worked! Amazing.
Like so:A pair of seeds planted in a wine box under the jacaranda tree, with a hand-knotted twine trellis.
A little compost here and there.
Grow baby grow!
Luffa gourds look a bit like a cucumber, but they take a lot longer to mature. These guys sprouted in early spring but weren’t close to ready until early fall.
Un-trellised and moved to the back table to finish off. They like to dry out completely on the vine.
And when they’re totally dry, they’ll be light as a feather and shakey like a rattle.
Smash ‘em with a stick!
And peel off the shell.
And there you have it, a homegrown sponge to use for your shower, your housework, or your kitchen sink. Seriously, could it possibly get more natural, more eco-friendly, more sustainable than that?
Oh yeah wait, it could!
Don’t forget to save the seeds for next year!
Growing my own luffa sponges is definitely something I’ll be doing annually, forevermore. And I hope you’ll consider doing it too. If you want to order your own luffa seeds, I highly recommend the fine folks over at Baker Creek – keepers of heirloom seed strains. They’re good people and very much worth supporting.
♥ Cheers! ♥