Sunday, April 10, 2011

A weekend whip around the food garden

Lovely lavender...lavendar yoghurt cake but what more?

The first ever passionfruits in our garden.. I CAN NOT WAIT!

A forgotten tumeric root in the back of the THIS!

Ravishing native rosella

Raspberries on weetbix is THE best start to the working week

Growing my own peanuts

Lovely productive lemons

Cool capsicums

Promising pumpkins

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Loads of LUFFA & my first GIVEAWAY!

From this in August ...

I was so excited to grow my luffa plants. As you can see above I raised these little beauties from seed, a very rare feat in my gardening experience so far. 

I have written about my luffa's here, here and here. Can you tell I'm playing favourites!

Well this weekend it was time to harvest them!

I have harvested a few here and there to include with presents, but this time we ended up with a whole load!

... to this in April

And this isn't even half of them. These are just the ones that have been left to dry on the vine, which makes it super easy to take the exterior shell coating off and get the seeds out. There are still a whole load on the vines too, which means we'll be stocked up on luffa's until the end of the year!

Peeled and de-seeeded

When they luffa pods are as dry and brown as the picture above, it's only a matter of banging the pod against a hard surface to loosen in from the luffa and peeling off the outer shell and tipping out the seeds (for seed raising later on).

Load of LUFFA's

The next step is to soak them all in bleach to make them sparkling white.

Eventually, I'd also like to try making soaps incorporating the luffa's.

I now have SOOO many luffa seeds that I do not know what to do with, so I'm going to do a little giveaway. 
The first 10 people to leave a comment will receive a pack of 10 luffa seeds for you to grow your own. 

Please include your email address so I can email you to get your postal address. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

AFTERTHOUGHT: Well I am new to this whole giveaway business and of course dived straight in! I don't want to be bailed up by the quarantine authorities so unfortunately I do have to limit the giveaway to those addresses in Australia, excluding WA & Tas (goodness they are strict!). Sorry about getting your hopes up if you are outside these areas, hopefully I can come up with a giveaway for everyone shortly :)

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