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Soap and Candle-making: LOOFAS FOR 2011 - AND SOW IT BEGINS! WHOSE IN?

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8370499

And sow it begins.. 2011 LOOFAS!

I soaked some seed overnite... well actually 2 nites ago and got busy.. hopefully tomorrow I will pot them!

So ok, whooooose in?

I have some extra seed asking for postage stamps for them.. so d-mail me.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 13, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8370620

WOW your really getting an early start ill put mine in the ground next month
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8371032

Well last year I started them and it was not long enough of a season so I am starting them even earlier...

I had immature sponges at harvest and had no good way to finish drying them.. I have some in the GPS now that never got cleaned and are pretty gross looking!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8376969

Got the newbs in peat pots.. made 24 of them with3-4 seeds in each peat.. setting on a metal cookie tray and with saran over them... and sow it begins!

I am however dreading going back to the GPS to see the mess I have in there.. as you recall I had late loofas last season and was trying to dry them out.. well I got some done, but the rest are stewing on shelves in the GPS and are a wee tad scary and smelly looking.. I was not able to de-hide them and they have white mold on them.. I am still hoping I can peel them and clean them, but I am afraid they are gonna have to be bleached.

Any one have a snorkle and mask.. pee-uw!???!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8376975

LOL your way ahead of me ...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8376990

Didja go back in time on this thread? Well... im being pushed to get other veggies in too.. gotta get a garden in to survive yano! Welp, gotta get back outdoors and sling some poe-dung in some cans! Get ready! Set GOOOOO!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 21, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8385489

Well, they sprouted today.. this was taken yesterday and then today they sprouted.. go figure, fast little seeds they are!

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 21, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8385533

yeppers if ya want to eat you better grow something this year .. going to start planting this week .. the low for the next 10 days if 43* so things should be good to go ..
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8386026

NOt sure what Im starting next.. guess I best consider doing som peppers, Seems to be on my current list.. need to check on the past due list...

Got room now on my plant stands.. kicked out a bunch of imp baskets that up and croaked.

Been debating on rasing chicks... cost of feed is out the budget...
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2011
8:33 PM

Post #8387534

really how much is feed up your way a 50 lb sack is $11.00 last me a long time at least 30 days eggs at the store are $1.50 a doz. I have 5 chickens get at least 28 eggs a week thats at least 10 doz a month =$15.00& don't have to worry about the eggs making us sick . & I can sell yard eggs for $2.00 to $2.50 a doz
if you let them free range feed is even cheaper
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 23, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8387875

NO free ranging here... too many coyotes.

try 40 lbs at that price.. ugh. Butwhen I start thinking on the cost and taste of store bought meat.. rasing some chicks starts sounding sweeter.

Chicken and chatter...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1147265/


Got the first egg of the season yesterday...

Need to go back to the coop and the garage!

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 23, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8388830

First of the season ?? our Chickens lay all year round ...
I have a tractor coop that DH built he just pushes it around the place with the tractor works well we have lots of coyotes too.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8390385

LOL! Cant do that in the snow here! Oh sometimes I get a few eggs ni the winter... just depends on my girls and the winter.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 24, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8390399

that kind of sucks .. it would make feed a lot more $$$ and no payback
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8390423

Ya just cant win...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8407684

ok, some germ,

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8407793

how cute they are ...lol
they are calling for a freeze here over night, these shingles have keep me from going out and planting guess thats a good thing hope I can get started next week if my energy comes back.
question.
when your vines start growing do you pinch them back and just where do you pinch & do you pinch off the first blossoms? mine dont seem to bush out very well.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2011
3:10 PM

Post #8408687

No pinching here.. I put the peat pot in a #1500 nursery can that I have filled with 2/3 horsemanure and 1/3 potting soil. I do not mix the soils.. just put one on top of the other then put the peat pot in that. But before I do that I sink the nursery caninto the dirt that is near the trellis that we made for this plant and leave a about 1 inch of the plastic can above the dirt level. Then let thme go on the trellis as they want.

Least as thats how it was last year and they did fine.

I hope there is more germ of what I got.. seems I got a low rate if thats all that took of 3-4 seeds in each of those pots!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8442575

Oh rrrrats! Disaster in the loofa bin.. all of my loofas damped off. giotta try to get more going. So muchfor the "early" start.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8442713

I haven't even started ..I have been soooo sick cant find the energy to get in the garden ,, it just might not happen this year
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8442823

Oh my, hope you get better soon
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8523552

Well, now its almost May.. no loofa started here and the "tide" is in. Dont look like loofa are gonna happpen for fruit, but will try to grow them for shade.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8524442

no loofas here this year no garden at all ... 2 weeks ago I fell and broke my ankle ..this whole year has started of badly for me ...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8525136

Oh dear...well, you should heal up pretty quick.. well anyway we will pray you do!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8655427

it looks like I may have a few luffa this year after all one plant came up by its self and is going crazy ...

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8655887

no loofas here with the exception of last years crop that needs cleaning They are nioce and dry though!.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8656172

oh I thought you planted this spring ..
they will be a bear to peel
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8657407

Nah, they just crack off and wash them... yeah I did soe this spring, but I lost my peat pots.. drat! Ohwell, got plenty of other things keepingme busy. tried cauliflower, broccolie and brussel sprouts thiss season.. got them in pots andthey are doing well... well well enough for me. I spose they woudl do better n the ground, but we have beeen so wet, I never got the big graden planted so all are in pots.. even a about a dozen sweet corns!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8658359

pots work for me just have to feed them & water more often
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8658893

yup
ssgardener
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 23, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8940859

I just bought some luffa seeds and I'm so excited to try growing them next year! I'll be wintersowing for the first time. Does anyone here wintersow luffas? Or should I wait to plant them in the grown when the weather warms up?

Also, I'm completely new to growing anything from seed. How densely do I plant the seeds? How many plants are needed to cover an 8-foot tall arch? Do I plant one on each side?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8941034

HI ssgardner,
don't know anything about wintersowing... luffas need lots of heat tho as for how many plants to cover any area its all guess work I have one do as much as for or 5 on any given year ..heat & water how much & when makes all the differance sorry I know thats not much help.
Cheryl
ssgardener
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 23, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8941057

Cheryl, thank you for your input. I got the seeds pretty cheap, so I'm willing to experiment. :-)

I'll wait till it warms up here and plant them outside. I'm looking forward to the 2012 thread!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9010443

Well, its 2012... dare I start a new link?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9011299

its a little early for planting .. but im going to give it a go again this year as long as I don't break anything before spring ...lol
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 25, 2012
5:31 AM

Post #9019219

Well, I should start mine indoors.. they are such a long season grower... Need to find th e silly seeds though and soak them.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9019244

our werther is crazy right now had the AC on thur it was 82* & the heat this morning 32* not sure when I should plant .. no where to start inside
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 29, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9025094

It was 62 today, now dropping. its 54! Have storms coming in.. I keep having the thoughts about snow n april... and we turned out heat off.
TheExperimenter
Aragon, GA

April 5, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9070550

I grow Luffas every year. Because they are so prolific, usually only one or two plants. That normally gives me anywhere from 10 upwards.

I use them for everything from dish scrubs to homemade soap filled body scrubs and everything in between, so this year will be no different - they'll be going in the garden this weekend.

This photo is the biggest one I've ever grown. It measured 23".

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9070793

WOW thats a big one ... haven't planted any yet this year .. can't decide if I should or not . will be gone 10 days in June with noone to water unless I can get the dog sitter to do it ...
TheExperimenter
Aragon, GA

April 5, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9070859

I wouldn't worry about it. Just grab a baggie, stick your seed in a peat pellet or pot and if you have a heating mat, plug it in (if not stick it on top of the refrigerator). Go away and enjoy yourself; when you get back they should be up.

I do it every year and it has never failed me yet.
TheExperimenter
Aragon, GA

April 5, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9070862

Oops, sorry I missed the June part. Have you tried a wick for when you can't be there?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #9071269

its already hi 70s low 80s here by June it will be hi 90 + every day so I don't think a wick would work ..I plant right in the ground may have to put in a drip system & a timer
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 28, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9344734

Hi guys, been awhile since I popped in.. I did nto have any luck with mine this season.. I did get them to germ, but by the time I could plant them outdoors, they were too leggy an dup and died on me. So heres to 2013.. maybe the loofas will have a better new year! Merry Christmas everyone!

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