Tuesday 11 October 2022

Growing Bottle Gourd In My Garden

We went to buy fertilizer and at the same time to pick up some vegetable seeds. I saw and was interested in the packet of Bottle Gourd seeds. I am interested in trying to grow vegetables that I haven't tried before so I bought a packet of the Bottle Gourd seeds.

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Bottle gourd seedlings grown in a big pot.
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The bottle gourd vines about 25 days later from photo #1 above.
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Sign of flower buds at about a month after planting seedlings. Most of the early buds fell off and do not form gourds.
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Gourds started to appear when the vines were about 2 months old.
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The first 4 bottle gourds in my garden.
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The feeling of joy watching the gourds grow day by day.
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Finally, I harvested the first 2 bottle gourds from my garden after about 2 months plus from the planting of the seedlings. The longer gourd is about 15 inches long.
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This is my first time cooking bottle gourd. I used half of the bottle gourd to boil soup. I added some meat and fish balls to the soup.
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Next day, I used the one and half of the remaining gourds to boil soup with carrot, red dates, goji berries and pork ribs, just like how I boil the yellow cucumber soup. The soup was enough for 4 people, so I gave half to my neighbour.
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Few days later, I harvested the 3rd and 4th gourds from the vine. I gave away the above 2 gourds to 2 of my friends for them to boil soup. There are now a few small gourds on the vines and I am waiting for them to grow big and mature before harvesting them.
A portrait of Marilyn Monroe, an American actress.
I found this portrait at the lobby of a hotel in Penang.
(Born 1926, Died 1962)


For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, New Living Translation-NLT)

46 comments:

  1. I don't think I've eaten this kind of gourd before.

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  2. You have what we call a Green Thumb. Everything you grow thrives!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. I love to plant and see them grow. Better still, to harvest and enjoy them.

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  3. Well your plant and fruit look ever so healthy Nancy.

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  4. I know the feeling. When the wood-strawberries from 1974 grow I am always so happy!
    Next year I will try beans.
    Nice you share with neighbors, too :-)

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    1. Thank you, Iris. I am waiting to grow the beans too but they are long beans.

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  5. Thanks for your sharing, I love garden and planty ...

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  6. My mom used to cook bottle gourd with dried shrimp...very tasty and appetizing!

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    1. Yes, I remember this recipe. I think I will cook this with the next gourd I get from the vine.

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  7. Thank you Nancy. Wow! Congrats on growing this bottle gourd successfully. I think you can grow all sorts of vegetables and fruits in your garden nowadays. You are ๐Ÿ‘what vegetables are next on your list to plant?

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    1. Thank you, Mun. I am waiting for empty pots because I can grow new vegetables.

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  8. Amรฉn
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Lillian. I am getting ready to dinner soon.

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  10. Oh. This is bottle gourd. I didn't know it's name. Hehe. Learn something today. Wish I have green fingers like you, anything can grow so well in your garden.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I can see many small gourds hanging on the vines now.

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  11. ...Marilyn is an iconic figure!

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  12. You have such a wonderful green thumb.

    Love your food. We love eating at home.

    Marilyn was most beautiful.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, Nancy. ♥

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  13. Amazing picture of Mariyn Monroe.

    Cruisin Paul

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  14. Hi Nancy, love your gardening and all the lovely food. I was in hospital for a week, it's good to be back!

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    1. Thank you, Valerie. It is so good that you are back from hospital. Do take care and have a speedy recovery.

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  15. ๐Ÿฐ ๐“—๐“ฒ, ๐“๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฌ๐”‚! ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ด ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ณ๐“ธ๐”‚ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“น๐“ต๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ!
    It is incrediably satisfying to watch the bottle gourds growing from seeds to little spourts, then large gourds. Eventually you you turn them into delicious dishes! Doesn't it Magic ❓ ❣️

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  16. You grow so many good things to eat and you are a good cook.

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  17. Well done you, I have never heard of a bottle gourd. Hope all is well. Sorry I have not been around for a while, lots of happenings here!!! Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Glad you are back with us again. Take care and get well soon.

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  18. I love bottle gourds! They are great for bowels and skin!

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  19. I found out that once dry it can be used as a container. Do you dare to decorate one?

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    1. I think so too because when the gourds are left to grow over matured, the skin harden. I am more interested in using them as food for my table. Lol!

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  20. Hope by the time I come back, there are still plenty for me.. .hahahaha

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  21. Linda planta. . Te mando un beso. https://enamoradadelasletras.blogspot.com/

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  22. You sure have a green thumb! It's wonderful to grow your own veggies.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  23. It looks like this plant will provide you with many meals!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/10/tile-and-wood-work-at-sancar-turkish.html

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    1. Yes, I can see many small gourds on the vines.

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