I grow gourds every year. They grow up the trees and all over the fences. I have tooooo many dried gourds laying around. I thought this year I'd plant squash with them to be practical and have something to eat:-)
I wrote a long post and by the time I found the photo to upload, the computer kicked me off.
Here is a photo of some clay parts I made with some slumpy clay and glued these onto gourds, got a couple of nice gourd hens made a couple of years ago. Also, wood putty can be used to make the crests and beaks..
Ok heres a newbie question . someone told me I can't plant different types of gourds in the same garden that they need to be at least 1/2 a mile apart ... please advise. I planted lg & small bottles and only got small and not very many.
You may not have had the nighthawk moths to pollinate them (bees, etc also can pollinate) or not enough male flowers open at the same time that the female flowers were open. Also, if you cut the tip of the first branch after it has grown at least 2 feet which has been produceing male flowers, after it's tip is pinched, it will produce side shoots on the vine and those side shoots will start the production of the female flowers..
If you plant them too close, you still will get the kind/variety you planted, BUT, the seeds from these will not produce true shapes that you planted because they may cross pollinate (open pollination) being so close. It is easy enough to get seeds anyway, and to be honest, some of the purchased seeds I've gotten do not come out to be what they are supposed to.
The worst thing you can get with OP seeds is that you will get all types of neat shapes and you can make just about anything with those.
Jo, please correct me on anything I mess up in..lol, you are the Gourd Guru!!
I may try making a couple also, I've got two that are not quite finished as birdhouses, I was thinking of keeping them in the kitchen and sticking some rolled tea towels in the back and spreading them out like feathers..
Yaaaay! Eufaula is here !!
Thanks Jo for the Invite!! Im very excited about being a part of this new Gourd Family!
I am hoping to be able to actually get my gourd seeds in the ground this year! LOL!! Last year all i had time for was lurking and reading while salivating about all the gourding you all did!
If you have never been "into" gourds here is the place to learn how to grow, harvest, clean, and decorate this wonderful and interesting vegetable of the Squash family. Just come on in and visit with us and share knowledge!!