Gourds

I have always wanted to grow gourds to make into bird houses, but have never actually done it.  This year I was at my local gardening center and found seeds for gourds that are specifically used for bird houses and feeders.  I was so excited to bring these home and plant them!  It seemed to take forever for the plants to emerge from the ground.IMG_0861

I didn’t notice this one at first.  It is hidden in the middle of the plant.  I just love the different colors and I wonder if after picked and dried if the colors will remain.IMG_0863

There are tons of these guys all over their plant.  I hope they grow big!  There have been a couple that have stopped growing and rotted, but there are still many that look great.  I am crossing my fingers for these!IMG_0862

This is the only gourd produced by this particular plant.  The vine is beautiful and big, but only this one fruit.  It is a nice shape, though.

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2 thoughts on “Gourds

  1. I once grew acres of gourds, and crafted them into all kinds of things. No, they don’t retain their green color. You do need to cure them over the winter before cleaning, etc. Keep them on the vine as long as possible (until frost kills the vines.)

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