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ImageLaVonne
Aug 31, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 14, 2010 8:21 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Beautiful girls. Can't wait for my snakes to get grown and dried.
I got to plant birdhouse gourds next year.
ImageLaVonne
Sep 14, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Around here snakes are difficult to come by, I have been "sitting" on a nice one for 2 yrs, just waiting for the "feel" to decorate it comes to me.....in the mean time the spinner and birdhouse gourds are keeping us busy. Hope to have some ready to sell this year....

LaVonne and Marti
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 14, 2010 10:29 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
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Maybe you can help me. After it frsts ad I harvest the gourds, how long does it take them to dry. I have a bunch of folks you want seeds. I'll be glad to share. I'll get you a better pic of the gourds.
ImageLaVonne
Sep 14, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I hope this info helps you with your snake gourds.....

Hard Shell Snake Gourd
These are ornamental gourds that develop a hard shell when ripe. These plants belong to the group of plants which are called Hard shell Gourds (Lagenaria siceraria). These are uniformly cylindrical gourds, which can grow as much as 36-inches long and about 3 inches in diameter. These gourds are mostly used for drying, painting and displaying as snakes. These are not edible and are completely different from the edible oriental (asian) snake gourds discussed in this article
Gourds are ready for harvest when the stems dry and turn brown. It is best to harvest gourds before frost. Mature gourds that have a hardened shell will survive a light frost, but less developed gourds will be damaged. The lagenaria, birdhouse, will tolerate a light frost; but gourd color may be slightly affected. Gourds should be cut from the vine with a few inches of the stem attached. Take care not to bruise the gourds during harvest, as this increases the likelihood of decay during the curing process. Discard any fruit that is rotten, bruised or immature. After harvesting, gourds should be cleaned with soap and water, dried, and rubbing alcohol applied to the surface.
Curing gourds is a two-step process which may take 1 to 6 months depending on the type and size of the gourd. Surface drying is the first step in the curing process, and takes approximately one week. During this time, the skin hardens and the exterior color of the gourd is set. Place clean, dry fruit in a dark, well-ventilated area. Arrange gourds in a single layer and make certain that the fruits do not touch each other. A slatted tray will allow air circulation around the gourds. Check gourds daily and discard fruit that show signs of decay or mold and any that develop soft spots.
Internal drying is the second step in curing and takes a minimum of four weeks. Keep the gourds in shallow containers in a dark, warm, well-ventilated area. If any mold appears on the outside skin, gourds can be wiped clean and allowed to continue drying. However, any gourds that become decayed, shriveled or misshapen should be discarded. Periodically turn the fruit to discourage shriveling and promote even curing. Providing warmth during the internal curing process will accelerate drying and discourage decay. Adequate curing is achieved when the gourd becomes light in weight and the seeds can be heard rattling inside. Cured gourds can be painted, waxed, or decorated.
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 14, 2010 11:34 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I can find the instructions, noww, too. Thank you. My gourds are pretty good size looks like more than 3" on the first ones. Thumb of 2010-09-14/Ridesredmule/b98bbc This one is sort of short and thick.
Thumb of 2010-09-14/Ridesredmule/4b481e These are smaller.
ImageLaVonne
Sep 14, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Leave them on the vines until you see the stems shriviling and turning brown. Looking at the almanac we could get out first frost as early as Halloween and no later than Thanksgiving. I tend to lean to the earlier date, then you will have to carefully cut your gourds free and begin the curing process. Good Luck.

I feel that Thanksgiving will be our first snowfall.

LaVonne
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 14, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Thank you Lavonne, I wouldn't care if we get snow or not. I have a barn to lay them in. I hope I do it right.
ImageSamigal
Sep 15, 2010 10:11 AM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
Wow, those snake gourds are getting big. My sister has now taken up the hobby of painting gourds and I'm so anxious to see some of her work. She is an artist (I never got any of that talent) but after 30 plus years in the California Highway Patrol she is back to art again. Says her retirement years are so very busy. Hilarious!
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 15, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Nice to have a hobby to fall back on. What are you going to do???? Learn a Hobby??
ImageSamigal
Sep 15, 2010 10:30 AM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
I've done a lot of crochet, knit, and counted cross stitch and thought I was done with all that good stuff, but so many ideas floating around here I'm going to try a few of those. I'm going to try mosaics too, have all the materials I need just getting motivated is my problem.

I have a gourd bowl I got in a RW&B swap that I really love. I'm going to see if I can locate that picture. BBL
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ImageLaVonne
Sep 15, 2010 2:09 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I love all the visitors...and learning about their craft gift..You all come back now! Hurray!
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 15, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
http://www.welburngourdfarm.com/leafbowlvideo.aspx
I brought you all a video. It's about 25 min, but so much to learn.
ImageLaVonne
Sep 15, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Oh that is a wonderful tutorial...I can't thank enough for sharing it with us.


LaVonne
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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 15, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I'm on their Mailing list and I got the link from the other Gourd girls. I'll get you a link to it. Too.
i did better than that I got you a bunchof videos. Enjoy.....and learn. i still have to watch them too.
http://www.welburngourdfarm.com/videotutorials.aspx
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Imagestormyla
Oct 18, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LaVonne, I think your cubit is looking great. These gourds are beautiful. LOL Silly me had to keep reading as I wasn't sure what kind of snakes you were talking about!! Good luck with your new venture!! Thumbs up
ImageLaVonne
Oct 18, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Thank you Stormy. This is only the beginning. Marti and I are in the process to add more gourds and other unique crafts to the site....so keep checking back every once in awhile.

Blessings
LaVonne
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Imagestormyla
Oct 18, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Will do LaVonne. Those jams and jellies look luscious too.
ImageLaVonne
Oct 18, 2010 4:23 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

they are luscious....I have used them on sandwiches with PB, pancakes, waffles and toast, also fresh biscuits

We will be making some for Spring purchases for sure.

Can take orders now. Check with our PAYMENT AND SHIPMENT INFORMATION center.

Blessings
LaVonne
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
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ImageSamigal
Oct 19, 2010 1:13 AM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
Big sale at the gourd farm in Fallbrook and my sister e-mailed me that she had to go and buy some more to work on. I'm still waiting for some pictures of ones she painted so I can post them. Have to keep reminding her I guess.
Life is fragile, handle with prayer.

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