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      Our sponge Gourd

      Check out these sponge gourd guys. It's been so hot in Bakersfield that these plants have only put out leaves and runners. Since it's starting to cool down, they have been flowering and fruiting. I have to hand pollinate each and every flower, our few natural bees aren't up to the task. I hate to report that I missed two female flowers so far.

      They are a very nice treat. You can make them into soups, stirfry them, steam them,...
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      pretty neat
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      Very nice!


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      Luffa? Mine is just now blooming, too late

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      Never heard of 'em, but look like they're easy to pick!
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      How can 2 persons consume all those?
      Send them down OC pliz..
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      Quote Originally Posted by OCkoiFan View Post
      How can 2 persons consume all those?
      Send them down OC pliz..
      The wifey is pregnant and Jaden likes vegetables.
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      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      Never heard of 'em, but look like they're easy to pick!
      I'm standing on the ladder
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      Quote Originally Posted by cindy View Post
      Luffa? Mine is just now blooming, too late
      Hope you can still have some to put on the table before the frost hits
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      Quote Originally Posted by gander View Post
      pretty neat
      These are pretty tall up in the pergola. I need to stand on the ladder to pollinate them.
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      Do you feed with pond water changes? How do you plumb that?


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      Quote Originally Posted by koiffee View Post
      Do you feed with pond water changes? How do you plumb that?


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      I feed with fish poo from the sieve. I do need to run a hose from the pond to the garden I've been lazy. Water is cheap here in Bakersfield agriculture area. I do a 25% water change daily on the pond to the gutter to keep the water from overflowing from my autofill that's on 24/7
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      Very cool plant!
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      Quote Originally Posted by gray cat View Post
      Very cool plant!
      I wonder if itll cover all my pergola this year. Last year another variety only covered 1/3 of our pergola. This one this year is already covering 2/3 of the big pergola..
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      This photo was captured on neighbors security camera of someone pollinating sponge gourds.
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      Quote Originally Posted by batman View Post
      This photo was captured on neighbors security camera of someone pollinating sponge gourds.
      Hahaha Batman. didn't know you were so artistic
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      Pollination is job for Bees not real man
      Looks like it help produce more
      No wonder I don’t have many like yours
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      I didn't know luffa was edible.

      Thanks for posting.
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      Quote Originally Posted by OCkoiFan View Post
      Pollination is job for Bees not real man
      Looks like it help produce more
      No wonder I don’t have many like yours
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      Welp our luffas have started producing veggies again this year one month earlier than last year.

      Turned out these are self pollinating no artificial polination needed hahah..
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