Bottle gourd on top of chicken enclosure

One of the bittle gourd plants in our aquaponic growbed made it onto the vegetable net spread ontop of the chicken enclosure.

Bottle gourd on top of chicken enclosure

I have posted about the three in one chicken enclosure earlier https://greens.farm/2015/10/12/three-in-one-chicken-fish-passion-fruit/

Bottle gourd

This was designed for passion fruit, but bottle gourd grows too long to hold between the vegetable net and the roof of the enclosure. So had to harvest it early.

Bottle gourd seed saving 

We let one bottle gourd to stay on the plant for a couple more months for collecting seeds. Naturally all vegetables would start to get rot if we leave it on the plant for too long, but interestingly enough bottle gourd can stay around for quite a while. We then harvested it and kept in kitchen for a couple of weeks but it continued to look as fresh as it ever was!

Finally we cut it open and we were amazed to see over a thousand seeds in one bottle gourd! Hah! May be we should start selling seeds! 🙂

Bottle gourd is very soft inside, but as it grows old it becomes more like a harder outer cover with seeds inside, more like seeds kept in a bottle. A friend of mine told me that in the old times people dry bottle gourd and the outer shell is used as a container! May be that’s where this name comes from. I thought I should test it and my bottle gourd shell now is having its good time under the sun, tanning 🙂

Bottle gourd – sun drying outer shell & seeds

Bottle gourd seeds

Aquaponics – Bottle gourd (churakka)

It’s been the fasting time, Ramadan, and not much going on on the farming side. Without proper maintenance our rooftop is now a big mess! Mealybugs are getting ready to declare our rooftop as their sovereign MealyLand 🙂

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Three weeks without much attention!

However we have a new crop doing well in aquaponics, bottle gourd, and wanted to share a picture of the first fruit!

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Bottle gourd in aquaponics

More updates in two weeks!

Aquaponics – Bottle gourd (Churakka)

I have a newer smaller system that I have kept for cycling (to have the nitrification bacteria population established). It looks like the system is doing well now.

I have bottle gourd (churakka), long beans (payar) and amara payar (not sure of the English name – hyacinth beans / gour beans?) planted in it – just one plant each. Bottle gourd plant has a couple of small bottle gourds on it already. Will post how well it does.

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Bottle gourd in constant flood

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Bottle gourd