If, like many of us, you are worried about an impending nuclear, terrorist, cold or World war I think I can ease your mind a little bit.  You don’t need to be worrying every second of every day about the possibility of war.  4 hours should suffice.  It’s a well known fact that you can limit your fretting about pretty much anything to between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight because according to every news channel in the world, “At the end of the day” is the only time anything ever happens.

At the end of the day we’re going to have to buckle down.  At the end of the day we’ll have to ignore all the chatter.  At the end of the day only time will tell.  And so on.

I’ve decided as a blogger of the highest order that I need to up my game in terms of lingo.  Like I said, I’ve noticed that At the end of the day is a very popular phrase on news channels but doesn’t really pop up in blogs all that much.  So I’m gonna run with it, see how it goes.  It was between “At the end of the day” and “The situation is fluid”.  I don’t really know what “the situation is fluid” means … I suspect it means the reporter has no idea what the hell is going on.  So “At the end of the day it is“.

A few days ago I promised I’d be giving away part of my Luffa seed stash.  At the end of the day that’s exactly what I’m going to do.  I just realized this might get confusing.  I’m not giving away the seeds at the end of the day.  I’m actually going to give you a few days to enter the contest for the seeds and I’m not really sure yet what time of day that’s going to be.  Could be the middle of the day for all I know.


The seeds were gathered from my very own luffa sponge which I grew last summer.  It took me a few years to work out all the kinks but I’ve finally figured out how to actually grow a Luffa vine in my zone 6 climate to the point that I get an actual Luffa sponge. To understand how exciting that is you’d have to be a gardener.  Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you pull out a grocery cart to wheel around the store only to realize that not a single wheel is wonky on it.  THAT’S the kind of excitement I’m talking about.

Part of the reason for my success, at the end of the day (although we’ve established a little further up that I’m just randomly using that phrase and my success has nothing to do with the time of day anything did or didn’t happen) was the fact that I had fresh Luffa seeds.  Really fresh.

That and the heated seed pad were the two most important things.  So if you want to successfully grow Luffas you need to buy a heated seed pad and you need to get some fresh seeds.  You can’t use ones that you bought 4 years ago and never got around to planting. Your germination rate will be abysmal.  4 wonky wheels abysmal.

I’m opening a contest, right now, right this moment (not at the end of the day) for an envelope of official Art of Doing Stuff Luffa seeds right out of the Luffa I am currently using in my shower.

I have 15 packets of seeds, each containing 8 Luffa seeds to give away.

Like the seed packets?




If you’d like the chance to win a packet of my Luffa seeds at the end of the day (we’ve been through this already) tell me in the comment section why you want to grow a Luffa or if you’ve ever tried before.

At the end of the day, have a good weekend, I’ll announce the 15 winners next week.  The situation remains fluid.

(The contest is now closed)





  1. OMG – here I am at the end of the day realizing I have a heating pad for seedlings BUT no fresh loofah seeds (yet) … oh please let me be one of the 15 – and I will even share 4 with someone else after I sprout them … hoping begging is useful here and we’re not being randomly picked out of a toque or something. meMEmeME

  2. OMG I’m the first at the end of the day

  3. and the 2nd – hey where is everyone

  4. Allison Wakeley says:

    You will not believe how many people I’ve told about this blog post….my hubs, my sister, my brother (who gave me a weird look), and my DIL. Oh yeah, my MIL’s nurse, too. This is in-person conversation, and I don’t actually do much of that these days! SO, suffice to say this was a very intriguing subject to me, and I want a chance to prove to the world that you are the LUFFA SEED QUEEN! I have a lattice area all picked out. Let’s do this.

  5. Carmen says:

    I’m really excited that I’m the second person to reply to this! I’d love to win the seeds because a) I need a really good excuse to buy a heating mat,I look at them longingly every year at this time. and, b) For the last 2 years, (out of the 3 that I’ve had a proper garden) I’ve had a really disappointing yield in all things, because the first year I was pregnant and super nauseous, therefore lacking any ability to be out in the garden with all it’s scents, and the second year, I had a newborn and couldn’t even consider spending time outside to tending yet another living thing. At the end of the day, I’m just hoping that this year will be the spectacular garden year that I make up for the last two. And what could make it more spectacular than a loofah?? …. exactly.

  6. Maia says:

    I’ve tried and failed before, but I’d like to give it another go!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never grown luffa, but I can’t wait to 😉

  8. anon says:

    I’m not at all interested in growing luffas. My sister in law would probably like some seeds and in Louisiana they grow like gangbusters, no prissy heat pad necessary.

  9. Audrey Hunter says:

    “Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you pull out a grocery cart to wheel around the store only to realize that not a single wheel is wonky on it. …”

    That is my dream, Karen. I would love the seeds. Thank you for all you do.

  10. Kathy says:

    Not sure what’s happening here but I received 8 ads in trying to receive your blogps, Karen. Just popped up & couldn’t continue reading until I had to individually delete them.

    • Karen says:

      8?!! Yikes. I’ll look into it. One ad popping up once a month is what it’s set to. Not 8! ~ karen

      • Linda Baker says:

        I get TONS of ads each blog…maybe 10…more the past 6 months.
        What can I do?
        (I would love a pack of your loofah seeds….my poor winter skin needs a good scrub!)

        • Karen says:

          Having 10 ads on a page is fine. In fact, that’s what it takes to make this blog profitable, lol. However 8 or 10 ads or things that literally pop up in the middle of the page is bad. 🙂 ~ karen!

  11. Raymonde says:

    I’d love to win a pack of your luffa seeds because, at the end of the day, growing my very own luffa would be like the coolest thing ever as well as a good conversation starter!!!
    If I win, I promise to spread the love and share the resulting seeds with everyone I know who wants to grow their own luffa.
    Like, duh, who wouldn’t?

  12. Edith says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for your seed offer, but I don’t like loofas. But I tell you what I like -your tenacity, that’s what!

    At the end of the day, that’s what makes your blog so interesting and why I’ve learned so much from you.

  13. Alisha says:

    My mom loves to grow challenging and unusual things. We love to browse seed catalogs together looking for new and fun things. At the end of the day, what’s more fun than luffa?!

  14. Tanya says:

    Hello from the North!
    I would be very excited to try the luffa seeds. It is really quite amazing what can be grown in The Yukon and even though I have never tried to grow this in particular, my Dad and I did manage to grow cantaloupe in the green house one year. Yes they were small but edible. A very cool experience. I told him about your post that I saw this morning and he smirked and asked if I was going to try it. I replied not I but we Dad!! So I am very hopeful that we will get a chance with free seeds. If not well lets just say I am inspired, thank you so very much. I am glad to have found your site. Loved the spaghetti video.

    • If I win – I’ll send you some if you want – that would be soOOo cool for you to grow a loofa in the Yukon … in a greenhouse.

      • Tanya says:

        Wow Brenda, thanks and back at ya! I agree, I thought about it all last night; where they would go, what would be displaced? Do they have buddy or partner plants they like? Any they don’t? How I would keep the heat going in late August – without costing the moon? How would they react to 23 hours of sunlight? How many days till ready? Omg my brain is in gardening overdrive as I redesign my greenhouse to fit them in!!! So excited for warmer temps and the days are much longer (7 minutes per day). Everything is getting brighter in my northern world 🙂 Can’t wait, enjoy your day.

  15. Paula says:

    I have never tried to grow a Luffa because, quite frankly, I didn’t know I could do such a thing! I grow almost everything else so I would like to add this to my extensive garden this summer because…well…that’s what I do – grow stuff.

    Incidentally, I should be careful of that expression. Yesterday, at the grocery store, I purchased an organic, live growing lettuce in a pot. At the checkout a fellow customer asked me if it would grow if she just put it on a windowsill. When will people learn? If you want a simple garden answer – don’t ask a gardener. Long and short of it is: I basically told her that I have grow lights, warming pads, etc. because that is what if do…grow stuff. She looked at me kind of funny and it wasn’t until later when I was driving home that I heard the John Derringer Q107 advertisement in my head for the ‘Aquaponics’ store that has everything that you need to grow ‘stuff’. Oh dear, maybe I should expect a visit from the police soon?

  16. Gayle M says:

    I would love to grow some luffas this summer, cuz like, they’re like alien invader zucchini. Grow like squash. Look like squash. And the tiny little baby fruits even taste like squash. But…bwahhhh ha ha! Their true being is insidiously hiding inside! Peel back that unassuming exterior squash-like skin to reveal the real beasty Inside! Rough and tough and looking to scrub away your epidermis to reveal…no, not another beasty. Just lovely exfoliated soft blushing pink skin. Ahhhh! Such a nice tub soak and luffa scrub! And to think, I could grow my own little baby luffas all on my own–

    If only I had some fresh seeds. Sigh. Bless you, Karen. I would be, like, compelled to share not only the harvest, but also FRESH seeds, sharing the love…

  17. Linda J says:

    Because I’d like to give it one more go.

  18. Ron says:

    Karen, We would love to try growing your luffa seeds on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    At the end of the day, the situation remains fluid…translation…I forgot to pee before I got in bed again…ok…just send me some seeds….

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Hahahaha! At the end of the day, every day, that is what happens to me! Karen, I don’t need any luffa seeds. I would forget to water them after about three days, and they would then die. Seeds would be wasted on me!

  20. Auntiepatch says:

    I’ve never tried growing loofas before. I do have a great spot for them though. Will they grow in So. Calif.?

  21. Amy Jo says:

    So every time I buy seeds and then wait 2-3 years to plant them, at the end of the day THAT’S why I’m not growing anything? Well, I promise the situation would remain fluid (and planted) if I received some of your luffas.

  22. Jennifer says:

    Oh, the elusive luffa! I tried unsuccessfully to grow them years ago. I didn’t have the patience at the time to figure out how to make it work, but now you’ve done it for me! I would love to win seeds because at the end of the the day I would rather use something natural than some stinky old plastic pouf. I promise to share my seeds and encourage the recipients to do the same. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Lindy says:

    Tis the end of the day: hot and trying and the house is full of guests clammoring for a perfect meal. ‘Ah but you grow all your own vegetables, how maaarveellous’ they say, tucking into yet another platter of greens.

    For a week now there has been that hilarious house guest request ‘now give me a job, let me loose in your garden, I’ll pick the beans.’ But just when you get the trug, the secateurs and the bags, the guests have wandered off with their camera or their beach towell and book and you are still there in the middle of the garden wondering where the helpers have gone.

    Enough. Time to put your foot down. The next person who actually emerges from their languid holiday mode is going to be given a list – pick those cucumbers, pick those beans. Mint is required, rosemary too. Shove them in the direction of the crops and then snigger and hide behind the apple tree watching as they reach for the luffa mistaking it for cucumber and sneak a cheating bite. Hah! Bet that was a vile surprise. They gag and splutter and run screaming for the hills. You emerge from your lurking lair and grab the luffa now rolling along the grass path. Ooh good, they’ve already started the peeling process for you. How maarvellous. Peace and quiet at last. You sit down in the now deserted garden, peel the rest of the luffa, saving all the seeds that try to escape and fantasize about that long, relaxing and silent soak in the bath, scrubbing away the gnarly bits with your home grown luffa sponge.

  24. Many years ago I remember my dad growing a luffa but we were living in a much warmer bit of the country. I have a polytunnel though, so it might be possible. That would be amazing, Scottish luffas! 🙂

  25. Marty says:

    Never tried

  26. I would love to grow a luffa, as my partner has been asking me to buy him a new one for months.. (poss years) as he doesn’t seem to be able to locate them in the shop..
    Until now I truly believed they were from the sea.. this has been a revelation!
    Will I be able to grow them in the UK?

    • Karen says:

      It’s more dependant on what gardening Zone you’re in than what country Corinne. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Corinne Robinson says:

        Ah yes, I thought that after I’d posted the comment! I’m in the ‘temperate’ south east of England so think I’ll give it a go!! ?

  27. Carla says:

    Yes, I’ve grown luffas before and hard shell gourds and 12 foot high lemon verbena bushes and towering timber bamboo. That was in my former life in Southern California. So it doesn’t really count since everything grows there. Especially the population. Which is why I now live in the frozen north – not quite as frozen or as north as you, true, but still a zone 6. And where I have managed to kill more seeds, cuttings and full blown plants over the last 16 months than in the last 40 years. So when I read your post about the magic heat pad I immediately ordered it. It should be here tomorrow or Monday. Along with the seed starting mix. And the peat pots to transplant the little dears into. The only thing I’m missing? A few truly fresh, totally viable, Karen-hand-harvested luffa seeds!

    • Gigi says:

      I want to win some luffa seeds so I could brag that I have Karen’s luffa cousins growing here in Missouri and make everyone in these parts jealous. Lovely Christmas gifts would abound and glorious showers would follow. I will steal-ahem borrow a heat pad from one of hubbies tomaters and grow them right alongside the cukes n pole beans. I’m guessin they get along fine?

  28. MrsChris SA says:

    At the end of the day
    Heat pad…………………….. got
    Luffa’s …………………….. must have for me
    Seeds………………….. not so much

    What a treat to be able to grow ones own!!!

    but maybe soon (will just have to figure how to get them here!)

  29. Marsha Wigren says:

    Why would I like your fabulous Loofa seeds? I say, “why not.” I have retired early to stay home and take care of my (much older) husband. Seems like all of his quirkiness has somehow turned into the early stages of dementia. Ben has always been the one to do the outside yard work until last year. I have now tried to take over what I can, including the garden bed he made for me when I moved here about 7 years ago. Unfortunately, he forgets that he made it for me and plants quite the assortment of things in there. We have lilies and sunflowers scattered in with tomatoes and azaleas, peas and peppers doing their thing, blueberries and carrots co-habitate together in their parcel and there is always a mystery or two to keep me on my toes. Last year it was the squash that took over the tomato cages that surprised me. I’m thinking my peonies looked lonely last year, so maybe they can join forces with the Loofas.

    • Ev Wilcox says:

      My husband (of almost 50 years) is beginning the same journey, and I am not ashamed to say that I am scared and sad. He is too. Don’t think luffas will help, but a garden this year might. Good luck to us all. Silly how it helps that we are not the only ones in this. Thanks for sharing.

      • Marsha Wigren says:

        Ev, thank you for your kind words. I will keep my fingers crossed that you get some of the loofa seeds. If you don’t and I do, I will gladly share mine with you. With all of this being new to us both maybe it will bring us some smiles down the road. Be sure to take care of yourself, too.

    • cbblue says:

      My dad of 60 years just finished his journey with dementia. Right up to the last couple of months he wanted to be hoeing pumpkins, planting sunflowers and digging potatoes. Isn’t it wonderful the things that bring comfort to them?

      • Marsha Wigren says:

        I’m hoping the sun and warmth might be a motivator for him this year. He spent most of the winter sitting in front of the TV, and that is not the man I used to know. Shortly after I met Ben, he kept a promise to his sister and moved to Mississippi to help her run her chicken farm for two years. She told me he gets going so early he wakes the chickens up when he goes to feed them. Now it’s not unusual for him to not be up until 11:00. I believe he also has seasonal depression and living here in the Pacific Northwest we get lots of dark and rainy days. Jeanne, thanks for the sweet words.

  30. Tracie says:

    Well, at the end of the day, I just want to finally win something.

  31. Teresa Lees says:

    Please!! Would love some luffa seeds….in my younger years I was known as ‘the germinator’, now I have an established garden and mainly plant seeds with the grands. I have heat pads, grow lights and a passion to grow luffas. I promise I will share plants with my gardener friends. It is the end of the day.

    Thanks for the seed template….they will be used.

  32. Sherry Johnson says:

    I’ve tried before, and failed miserably- while my next door neighbor ( using seeds I gave her) was wildly successful. I need to give it another go. I need to prove that my green thumb isn’t somehow prejudiced against luffa. I need to show my kids the meaning of persistance. I don’t care if I never become the Luffa Queen. I just want one plant to live so I can tell people ” Yeah, I grew that.” I need a packet of luffa seeds to do these things. And I thank you for your consideration in helping a handful of people’s dreams come true.

  33. Lori Kinahan says:

    I would love to give it a try. I have a wonderful garden and greenhouse here in zone 5.p

  34. sharon yanaitis says:

    This is an evil plan to cover the globe in alien plants. Soon all of us will be covered in a web of horror. Please may I have some seeds to do my part in this invasion attempt.

  35. Jacquie says:

    Someone pointed out to me just yesterday that I say “at the end of the day” a LOT! I was going to try to tone it down but now it’s been approved by Karen, I’ll say it even more.

  36. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the opportunity, at the end of the day, to obtain some of your precious fresh loofah seeds.

    I, at the end of the day, have never, ever, grown anything in my life, other than ivy and an ingrown toenail.

    So, here I am, at the end of the day, about to embark on my greatest adventure, moving to a farm and try to become a farmer, or whatever it is one does when one moves to a farm.

    Because, at the end of the day, I’m a big city girl, a lipstick, high-heeled city girl. Who, at the end of the day, will have chickens, goats, bees, and a garden. A real, live, g.a.r.d.e.n., from which, I assume, gardening must take place and in which, at the end of the day, things must grow.

    So, in conclusion, at the end of day, I will want to take a bath. Because, I am assuming one must wash the muck and stuff from one’s body at the end of the day. What better device to use? You got it sister, a Loofah. One grown with my own little city girl hands.

    So, at the end of the day, if you so chooseth moi, I would be over-the-moon excited, or at the very least, bewildered.

    The. End. (of the day)

  37. Stella says:

    I like the word Luffa.
    I found a recipe for handmade soap with Luffa inside.
    I live in Zone 9!( might be able to grow them easily?)

  38. Cathy says:

    My concern, or pet peeve really is beginning sentences with ” So…”
    My second one is upspeak, but you can’t accomplish that in a blog unless you put a ?
    At the end of every sentence. Although that might curb some upspeakers to see it in action. At the end of the day, week or month, feel free to toss some seeds my way. Don’t send a drone, it’ll scare the dog.

    • Teri says:

      I read somewhere, in a learned epistle on the English language, that ‘upspeak’ is a form of accent referred to as ‘Canadian Rising’. Probably not unique to Canadians who speak English as their first language but prevalent among them. At least common enough to be remarked upon by those who study these things.
      So, at the end of the day, I offer this useless factoid eh?
      Don’t need the seeds and, given the usual erudite comments your blog brings forth, I’m sure they will all go to good homes.

  39. Beth says:

    Two words – SIBLING RIVALRY! My sister successfully grew loofah in her amazing garden and my attempt was a complete failure. Armed now with your expertise, I can grow insane loofah that will put hers to shame! At the end of the day, is there really any other reason to grow loofah? I’ll probably use it for gifts and make some homemade body scrub to go with it, so there’s that reason too! Thanks!!!

  40. Emma says:

    I vote for Marsha.
    Anyone caring for a loved one with dementia needs the seeds.
    Telling my Mom her 2nd last surviving brother passed away on his only daughters birthday last night really sucked. She did not do well with the news…she has memory problems too. On another note my plants that are too beautiful not to overwinter are at a local greenhouse and my Jasmine decided to start blooming its heart out this week. It had zero blooms on my hot deck all last Summer. Zero. Nada.
    So In Closing…luffas not from the sea…who knew? Tenacity will get you everywhere Karen. Your blog must never go away. xox

    • Marsha Wigren says:

      I have to tell you I started tearing up when I read your post. What a sweet thing to say, but I know everyone has issues facing them and I am so lucky that I was able to leave my job (which wasn’t easy) and be able to be here for him. We live in a tiny town and our life is easy and quiet. My daughter makes a point of almost weekly visits, I have time to spend being crafty, and I am expanding my cooking skills which lag way behind my baking skills. We really do okay around here, it’s just letting go of the things I thought I would be doing in my mid-life. The seeds should really go to someone who has better gardening skills than I do, so Emma, if you get the seeds, how about sending some my way next year after you harvest yours?

      • Emma says:

        Hi Marsha!
        You are so sweet,
        thank you for your message and making MY day. I think this blog from Karen brings together a certain type of fabulous humans!
        If I win the seeds I will send you some and we can both try it out. I have a green thumb for sure, but am relatively new to veggie gardening. I am grateful too for many things. Crafts, gardening and baking are all of my interests too. ?
        We are gonna WIN this thing!

  41. Ei Conklin says:

    Would luff to try to grow genuine KB luffa plants this year. I promise to not store these seeds in the fridge and forget about them. As I have done with other seeds in the past. Please pick me?

  42. Eileen O'Donohue says:

    All that’s missing for a successful growing season is the electric blanket, now I know what I’ve been doing wrong! I know I can do it now, with your help ?

  43. Myrna says:

    I’d love to get grow a luffa!!! I had no idea they grew on vines, so now I’m super curious! And I’d promise to share the seeds I get when I’m super successful 🙂

  44. Karen says:

    What a way to start the day. Only here will I find comments that make me laugh and tear up. I don’t want to enter the contest – my condo actually has “no tall plants” included in the bylaws so I’ll stick to tomatoes in my 2′ × 4′ veggie garden. You already have some excellent candidates.

  45. Sandra Lea says:

    It would be so awesome to grow your own luffa. Until reading your post I had no idea this is where luffa came from, as you had noted in your post, I always thought they came from the sea or else were artificially manufactured. So just to be able to brag to your friends that you grew your own luffa is enough of a reason for me to grow mine. Plus I do love a good luffa in the shower.

  46. Susanne says:

    A package of these luffa seeds would mean so much right now for my son who loved to garden and try new plants to grow. Now at 17 he is suffering with mental health sickness and can no longer care for his plant. Hoping so luffa seeds would give him some joy.

  47. Mary Ann Evans says:

    At the end of the day I would share them with my daughter & son-in-law as they are into saving the bees & butterflies & growing healthy foods & because I’m a super nice nurturing Mommy & Grandma. This is my 1st time commenting…always read & enjoy your postings & think that I should comment but chicken! out. Thanks for all the enjoyment…makes my days happier.

  48. Merrie Hallman says:

    Oh Luffa…I’ve been searching all over the place for seeds. I live in a retirement home here in Florida and belong to our environmental group. We have talked about growing these for a fund raiser so we can buy more plants and trees. My father used to grow them years ago and had so many he couldn’t give them away. Luffas are AWESOME. Please consider me. Thanks.

  49. Angela ? Sampson says:

    I would love to share them with my neighbor Carolee (3 doors down). She introduced me to your blog. At the end of the day we have decided that I have my own micro climate 450 feet down the lane…we would both plant them and share whatever she gets to grow in her farden as most likely they will decide my berm is not adequate nor do they like being watered with lake water vs well water. Hoping to win some seeds to share although the situation remains fluid.

  50. Carla Terry says:

    I would love to be one of the 15 winners. I have tried before, but they didn’t survive. I have always wanted to grow my own. I would love to have my grandchildren help me with them.

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