Ridge gourd farming is the practice of cultivating the ridge gourd plant for its fruit, which is a popular vegetable in many parts of the world. Ridge gourd, also known as Luffa acutangula or angled luffa, is a member of the gourd family and is commonly used in various dishes for its flavor and nutritional value.


To start ridge gourd farming, you need to select a suitable location with well-drained soil, plenty of sunlight, and access to water. The seeds are sown directly into the soil, either in raised beds or on ridges, hence the name "ridge gourd." The soil should be prepared by removing any weeds and adding organic matter, such as compost or manure, to improve soil fertility.


Once the seeds have germinated, the plants should be watered regularly and provided with support structures, such as trellises or stakes, to help them grow vertically. Ridge gourd plants are heavy feeders and require regular fertilization, preferably with a balanced NPK fertilizer, to ensure healthy growth and high yields.


Harvesting usually begins 60-70 days after sowing when the fruits are young and tender. The fruits should be harvested regularly to promote continuous production and prevent over-ripening, which can make them tough and bitter. The fruits can be stored for several days at room temperature or refrigerated for longer periods.


Overall, ridge gourd farming can be a profitable venture with the right conditions, proper care, and market demand.