A few winters ago winter I sketched out the shape of trellis I drempt up. I wanted this massive thing to fit in on the farm. I wanted visitors to look at it and wonder if it used to be some sort of agricultural structure.
Then I went to the metal yard, built it and that spring, I planted 3 seeds. ONLY THREE seeds on the entire thing. Three gourd seeds covered the entire, 75′ foot long structure by August.
Here’s how it’s coming along.
Then I went to the metal yard, built it and in spring, I planted 3 seeds. ONLY THREE seeds.
We’ve grown four different gourds on it.
- Luffa, which everybody knows is what’s sold as ‘sponges’ in bath stores. We grow an extra long variety that is also delicious grilled, when young. (pic below)
- Bottle gourds that we use for bird houses.
- Bitter melon, which I try and try to like as a food but I just do not.
- Cassabanana, my favorite edible gourd — green it taste like cucumber, ripe like mango and banana.