You Can and Should Grow Luffas

By dave
May 18, 2015

It's highly ornamental, bees love it, the fruit is edible and delicious, mature fruits have many household uses, and the plant is easy to grow. What's not to love?

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May 27, 2015 10:35 PM CST
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Region: Pacific Northwest Permaculture Organic Gardener Region: Oregon Native Plants and Wildflowers
Canning and food preservation Herbs Composter Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
Great article Dave. It makes me want to grow luffas Thank You!
I have never heard of "grey salt"
Why do you use grey salt?
Toni
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May 27, 2015 10:46 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I wondered that too. I buy salt at the organic food store and it is pink. But never heard of gray. Assuming he is referring to color, and not something else?
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May 28, 2015 5:58 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Yes the salt I like to use is gray. It's a mined and unrefined thing. I buy it from Amazon. I can't search for it right now but you should be able to find it there.
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May 31, 2015 10:03 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Ukraine Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer Vermiculture The WITWIT Badge
Ok, here it is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TIZP5I/

It's the Celtic Sea Salt, light grey. I buy it in 5 pounds sacks and that lasts us several years. They also sell it in 1 pound bags for $5. Well worth the price! It is loaded with trace minerals that aren't found in regular refined salt.

Now another salt I use for finishing (not cooking) is Fleur de Sel. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K6Z22U/ I love this stuff and can't get enough. I sprinkle it on buttered bread, buttered sweet corn, and stuff like that. Superb!

Now all these fancy salts come in pretty big grain sizes. You want a mortar and pestle handle so you can grind them down to the texture you want.
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Jun 1, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Region: Pacific Northwest Permaculture Organic Gardener Region: Oregon Native Plants and Wildflowers
Canning and food preservation Herbs Composter Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
@dave Thank you so much for going to the trouble of posting the links. I am definitely going to try some Thank You!
Toni
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