Get growing!

I was over at my sister’s house yesterday while she was potting some lilacs in an urn she has indoors for spring.  It was fascinating.

She unpotted the lilacs, removed the extra dirt from the urn she was putting them in and refilled the urn … all without touching any actual dirt with her hands.  She used a tablespoon to scoop and press the dirt.  A tablespoon I say!

It never would have occurred to me to do this.  I like dirt.  I like the feeling of dirt.  I like the look of dirt.  Especially store bought dirt that comes with plants.  It’s all filled with that white airy vermiculite and such.  It’s fun.  To my sister?  It’s about as fun as inviting a rat to live  in your uterus.

My sister you see, doesn’t like dirt.  She’ll do almost anything to avoid touching it, including using a tablespoon to remove half the dirt from a 3 foot tall urn.  The whole time I just stared at her blankly, completely confused.  I finally said “You really don’t like dirt on your hands do you?”.  “Nope”, she replied.  She does  not like it.  It gives her the willies.  The heebie jeebies.  The icks.

If you’re like my sister, may I suggest you listen to some music in place of reading this post.  It involves dirt.

If you remember several months ago I showed you how to grow a super-secret, FUN plant.  Something few people grow.  One of the reasons is because this particular plant requires a veryyyyyy long growing season.

But if you want to grow one of these super-secret, FUN plants now is the time to start your seeds indoors.

So consider this post a reminder that you need to go out and get your seeds for this immediately if you want any chance of growing one successfully.

In case you forgot … this is what I’m talking about.

Stay tuned, I don’t have time now because I’m off to a very official television meeting but next week I’ll have a quick lesson on how to start any and all seeds indoors.  Tips, tricks and techniques.  Most of which involve getting dirty.


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  1. Cindy R. from Washington and Hawaii says:

    I had a housemate once who thought, proudly, that she grew huge zucchini and gave some away to neighbors as a nice, tasty gift. Boy, was she embarrassed when she was told how inedible they were. She made up for it by giving the neighbors some nice, clean luffa sponges next. : )

  2. Parker says:

    Man, you have great comedic timing. Love your videos. :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    Yeah, once I learned that loofah’s really do not come from the ocean I researched them like crazy (how we felt so deceived :D )! I was so intrigued by everything you can do with them and them I got to see them in real life at a farm last growing season! I am excited to hopefully grow them either this year or next – I really want my own homemade loofah stash and to use as gifts :D

  4. rebecca gostin says:

    I didn’t know! I thought they were from the ocean too! Oh my, it IS true that you learn something new every day… now, gotta find seeds…

  5. Denise says:

    Glad I’m back…and this post is awesome. I HAVE to grow a loofa because I live in south florida (which would give me good odds) and I thought the ocean was full of them!

  6. Ana says:

    That is awesome! Just watched the video twice to hear you say “I thought they grew in the ocean too”

    So so funny.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I didn’t even watch your video with sound on (because I’m at work) and I laughed out loud! I’m very excited to see if I can successfully grow my own luffah. Thanks for the post.

  8. Gracia says:

    Thats where freakin loofahs come from??!! I have been staring at this guys garden forever cos I saw those weird cucumberish things hanging over the fence.I always wanted to go and ask what the hell they where….

    Well ,now you have informed me and I will remember at the next donate $$ for Karen post. BTW hilarius video!!


  9. Briana says:

    This is quite possibly, my absolute favourite video on the internet. Every time I watch it I dissolve in a fit of giggles. I’m so amused by the complete silence and then the absolute astonishment :)

    • Karen says:

      Briana – Thank you! I’m going to have to go watch it again because … and I shouldn’t say this but … it really isn’t my most favourite work! LOL. ~ karen

  10. Kate says:


    • Karen says:

      Kate – I know! I don’t know why everyone thinks they grow in the ocean, LOL. I thought so too until I saw them in a seed catalogue! ~ karen

  11. Oona says:

    I tried the loofahs last year when you posted this video… I grew them from seeds, I transplanted them to one large pot, I had a trellis for them to grow up. I had them on the back porch, with a lot of sun and they burnt. So then I moved them to the front porch and then they grew mushrooms… At our house it’s either full sun 8+ hours a day or 3- hours a day… Poo. They never even sprouted one flower. Bastards.

    • Karen says:

      Oona – Bastards. There are a few things about the loofahs. They don’t like transplanting. They’re finicky. They also don’t like moving about. Plus they need the exact right conditions. When they have them, the grow like crazy. But you do need a reallyyyyyy long growing season. The longer it takes your area to get frost, the better chances you’ll have of growing them. Try try again. Or don’t. Whatever. :) ~ karen

  12. Liz says:

    I tried growing a luffah many years ago, but I don’t recall it producing anything – probably because I planted the seeds directly out doors (I live in Saskatchewan) and I didn’t actually read the ‘days to maturity’ portion of the seed packet. However, you have inspired me to try it again. Better go buy some seed tomorrow!

    • Karen says:

      Liz – LOL. I’m familiar with Saskatchewan and the length of summer there. You *definitely* need to start this plant indoors. Immediately! It also needs full, FULL sun. Good luck, and get goin’! ~ karen

  13. Shauna says:

    I went and googled this cause I thought this was a joke… you are on the internet, and it does lie sometimes! But really? You can eat them too? You have made up for the wall of nothing ;)

  14. Amanda says:

    Like your sister, I like to garden but can’t stand the feeling of dirt on my hands (or even worse, chalk dust). “The icks” describes it perfectly. Gloves are my salvation. You should get her a pair!

    • Pam'a says:

      Seconded. And may I recommend some? Without a doubt, the BEST GARDEN GLOVES EVER are Atlas nitrile gloves. So thin you can pick up a dime, and inexpensive to boot– $6-$7/pair. In fact, I love them so much that I wear them to do inside jobs that, IMHO, are way ookier than working in dirt. :)

  15. liz a. says:

    excellent video! have you thought of getting into “movies”? and now i wanna grow one of these funky, phallicky, fun things. thank you!

  16. Jessica says:

    I just ordered luffah seeds. I had to after watching your video! I dont really know how such a small thing can get me so excited, but I’m stoked to grow my own luffahs!

    One question…approximately how many luffahs do you get from one seedling? I can’t seem to find the answer anywere!


    • Karen says:

      Jessica – When I grew my luffah (which never did mature by the way … didn’t allow enough time for growing) there were all kinds of luffah’s on the one vine. Something like the way many cucumbers would grow on a single cucumber plant. Good luck! ~ karen

  17. lori says:

    Amy in Florida
    i know you did not ask me .. but I have done bookbinding. nothing of any great size. but still it was binding a book. there are a number of ways to do it. should try it,it is very pleasing to do. i just put some scrap paper together and bound it. Maybe Karen can do a “how to do it” bookbinding thing. Thanks Karen for the how to grow a luffah. I am thinking on trying to grow gourd, and with any success I plan on making a bird house out of them.

  18. Cydney says:

    I just watched your video and literally choked on my coffee. Very funny, and I thought they came from the sea also – where have I been?

  19. Amy Schmucker says:

    Did your sister not like play Doh as a kid? Who doesn’t like dirt. Kids are dirt magnets. Funny how we are focused on your sister and forgetting the super secret plant.

    Are you still getting snow up there? I think it officially turns spring on the calendar this week??

    Hey since I am looking at your bookcase in a picture which reminds me you love books… I have a question.

    Have you ever made your own paper? or have you ever made your own book.. as in bookbinding? just wondering.

    Amy in Florida

    • Karen says:

      Amy – I’ve definitely never done any book binding and I can’t remember if I’ve made paper or not. I don’t think so, but who can be sure? ~ karen

  20. jenny says:

    Luffa Seeds – $1.99
    Potting Soil – $3.00
    Growing your own Super Sized Phallic Shaped Bath Accessorie – PRICELESS!!!

  21. Carol-Anne says:

    Thanks for telling me what those little white airy balls are called… Good luck with your very official television meeting!

  22. Adrienne Audrey says:

    Has your sister heard of gloves?? ! How odd, not liking dirt. I’ve got herb seeds trying to grow in pots at the moment. I’m planning to grow lots of veggies and flowers this year. Looking forward to your posts!

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