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brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 11, 2008
5:55 PM

Post #5400065

Does anyone know how long a cut gourd will last outdoors, in contact with the ground? I had a brain storm (or perhaps a brain f@%*) and want to build a toad condo out of a few of them. I had to disturb a bunch of toads and frogs when I moved some wood by the fence, and when I apologized I promised them I would provide a home for them when I was done.

What I'm thinking is cutting the bottoms off so they'll sit flat (and let the amphibians have a dirt floor), and cutting "doors" near the bottom, and just setting them together on the ground, buried a little for stability, right along the fence. (And yes, I'll probably make one great big one and call it Toad Hall.) But I don't want to do it if they will rot within a few months, you know?

Any advice greatly appreciated!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #5400941

You know, I've been thinking of making toad houses too! Not out of gourds, mind you, but still . . .

I would think they would last a few seasons, at least, if maybe you put a coat of that waterproofing stuff on the inside and out?
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #5404186

I have a recipe for waterproof, foodsafe gourd dishes (beeswax and stuff) and could use that, though I'm sure it would wear off soon. I would not like to use varathane, but I know it would protect. I'm just a little bit anxious about putting a cut part in contact with the ground. I guess I could avoid that -- dig a little depression to fit the gourd, put sand inside the gourd to bring the "floor" up to ground level, and just have the door very close to the ground. That might be safer.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #5404261

Maybe you could coat the ground edge in wax? Not beeswax, since that is so plyable, but the paraffin?
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2008
4:49 PM

Post #5404312

Good idea. Paraffin I have.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2008
2:55 AM

Post #5411526

Dave used one for a planter...Jo
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2008
2:55 AM

Post #5411530

You know . . . I remember reading that post! I wonder how long the gourd lasted as a planter? We should ask him . . . ^_^
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2008
4:19 AM

Post #5411890

...and you did...LOL Jo

Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2008
12:15 PM

Post #5412503

You never know unless you ask!
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #5413509

Dave! Oh, DAAAAVE!

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