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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 23, 2009
8:14 PM

Post #7303236

Neither of mine did well...and some folks tell me the Apple Gourds are a little hard to grow.

Here is a birdhouse I made from a large Kettle Gourd.

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 23, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #7303245

This is my favorite snowman...made from a Bottle Gourd ...Jo

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 23, 2009
8:16 PM

Post #7303253

Lastly...my favoirite Apple Gourd...Jo

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pprice256
Ranburne, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2009
8:17 PM

Post #7303261

I have a lot of gourds but mine always rot.Can anyone give me any help.Thanks in advance
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

November 23, 2009
8:26 PM

Post #7303286

Lovely Jo, absolutely lovely!

Pprice256: Are you cutting them before the vines dry? If so, they may not be mature. The research I did for my article told me that if you cut a gourd too soon, before it's mature, it can rot during the drying process. If you are cutting them when they're mature, that is, after the vines have dried and browned up, and you're not storing them properly they might also rot. How are you storing your gourds and when do you cut them?

TC
pprice256
Ranburne, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2009
8:33 PM

Post #7303311

I let them dry on vines.They are all mature.And I have not stored yet because I was letting thm dry.I heard to wash with vinegar but I tried that with no avail.Any more help? Thanks in advance..Porsha
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 23, 2009
8:34 PM

Post #7303313

Right TC...most times I just let mine dry on the vine...unless you have a freeze while they are still green you should be ok...if you cut them (leave a 2" stem on them for "art work")...an store them, then be sure that the air can circulate all around them as they dry. Jo
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 24, 2009
3:27 AM

Post #7304646

wow the apple looks real, the snowman is really cute.
The birdhouse is so pretty. What is that you have for the roof?
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 24, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #7306780

For the roof I used pine cone seeds...next time I may use gourd seeds that I think won't germinate. Jo
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 25, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #7307505

Very good ideas! The bird house is very nice, the roof is really - well I really like it. .
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2009
4:24 AM

Post #7307837

Thank you for the compliments...the hat for the snowman was made from the top ribbing of a childs sock...Jo
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 25, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #7308440

I thought you knitted it!
Oh, well this is even better!
I can get a sock top, and that was a clever idea.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2009
10:28 PM

Post #7309773

I can't take credit for the sock idea...I had made some Christmas ornaments from some wild Buffalo Gourds, painted little faces on them and used the sock idea for a hat...it was in a gourd book...I'll search out the picture...it's on my other computer. Jo
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 26, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #7310400

Oh, please when you get them out to decorate send us some pictures if possible!!
You make the nicest eyes on your snowman, I would like to see more of your work.

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