Return of… THE LUFFA!
|By Aaron Newton in Education, Green Living, How To, Reminders | April 9, 2007|
Last year I was pleased, and a little amazed, at all the attention we got here at Groovy Green after I posted this story about how to grow your own luffa sponge.
For the third autumn in a row I am pleased to be harvesting my shower sponge for next year. Now I know that must sound like a strange statement but it’s true. Many people are surprised when they find out I grow my own Luffa sponges. “Don’t those come from the sea?”, is the standard question to which I respond that the Luffa is a vegetable you can grow in your very own garden.
The article was so popular I posted follow-up information here.
I thought I’d explain a bit more about the plant and the process of growing it. Luffa aegyptiaca or as it is commonly called, the Loofah, is a vegetable native to South America. It can be eaten when it is smaller.
So this year I thought I’d let our readers follow along as I grow my bath sponge for next year. You too can grow your very own Luffa. If you need seeds try these folks:
Step one: plant the seeds in pots. Keep them warm and watered until they sprouts. Keep them on a sunny windowsill until all danger of frost has past. But get started soon. It takes a long time to grow a good Luffa. I’ll update here with more information as the growing season goes along.