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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 1, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Here is the growing forum.
ImageGourd
Feb 2, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
When is everyone planning on starting their indoor seeds? I think I'll start mine the beginning of April (6 weeks before Mother's day). Maybe it even late March I'm still debating this good thing we have some time to decide.
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 2, 2010 6:07 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

I think the end of March for me. Jo
ImageKYBelle
Feb 3, 2010 9:55 AM CST
Name: Clarsie Jennings
Corapeake NC
I think I will wait and start mine the first of April. I am going to try to grow mine like I saw when I visited you RR. Your friend that had the 2X 4s upright like you would start a teepee. I just have to wait until my DH is going to be gone one day and put them up. LOL He hates to have anything in the way of his mowing. LOL. I had them planted before and they grew all over the yard and porch. He did not like that at all. LOL

I would like to have some of the big bushel basket gourds. I just dont think they could be grown on the trellis.

KYBelle
ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Welcome KYBelle,
You are so right about not growing them on a trellis, take a look at these guys and at some of my "WHAT WAS I THINKING moments" I don't even think I was thinking at all. I started off using a bowling ball sling, which it quickly outgrew in days ....

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ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Check this out, I had to put wooden stilts to hold them up. All were over 70 inches around ... I worried everyday, didn't know how much they would weigh and if the wooden slats would hold them up.

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ImageGourd
Feb 3, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Here is one of them.. at 65 inches around in circumference

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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 3, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

KYBelle...You mean at fiend Pauline's house...Yes...she is good at growing gourds...

Our gourd group meets next tuesday...I'll do more eating than gourding...Jo
ImageEufaula
Feb 7, 2010 8:30 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Im planning on starting seeds the last of February. Most though will go directly in the ground as soon as the ground here cooperates.
I grew most of mine on the ground with nylon feed bags under them to keep them from rotting . the bags also helped me to rotate the gourd.
Some of course had there own idea and decided to grow up into a crab apple tree!

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My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageGourd
Feb 7, 2010 10:07 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Welcome Eufaula, are those the long handle gourds? They look great in the crab apple tree, it must have been a good spot.

I have to see if I find some of those nylon bags, I did use some old carpet pieces under a couple of mine, but they are so darned heavy, I still try to rotate them a little.

I saw a heart mold that you can lock, and a gourd was put into the mold when it was young, at the end of the season, the gourd was heart shaped. I don't remember where I saw that, it had to be on TV, and surely it can be done in any shape if you can find a mold that locks.
ImageEufaula
Feb 7, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Hi Gourd! Thanks for the welcome! The gourds in the tree were actually bird house ! They did quite well , they werent so heavy , so they didnt pull down to much.

the nylon feed bags were from chicken feed gotten here at my local co-op! I also used some of the paper feed bags. They only lasted of course one season but they did the trick.
Oh My , wouldnt that be so much fun! Heart molds!
My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 7, 2010 2:22 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

A note about those BIG gourds...I was given one...green! HEA_VVVY...I put it on my DD's porch so it would get a lot of air circulating...I would turn it every so often...then I made the mistake of sitting it on it's side...to let the bottom dry...Big mistake...it is now slightly caved in there because of the weight that was on the sidSo...just put it on something that will let the air circulate but keep it sitting on it's strongest part...the bottom. Crying
denimangle
Feb 7, 2010 2:58 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
Eufaula wrote:Hi Gourd! Thanks for the welcome! The gourds in the tree were actually bird house ! They did quite well , they werent so heavy , so they didnt pull down to much.

the nylon feed bags were from chicken feed gotten here at my local co-op! I also used some of the paper feed bags. They only lasted of course one season but they did the trick.
Oh My , wouldnt that be so much fun! Heart molds!


now I know what to do with all my dog food bags
ImageMoodene
Mar 7, 2010 1:38 PM CST
Name: Nadine
Devers, Tx Zn 9b
I have already started mine in cups..as of today! except for the African wine kettle kind or some big bushel ones..need to find some...
Love me like I am.
ImageRoadrunner
Mar 7, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

For any of you with the BIG gourd seeds...the old gentleman that started them told me to lightly shave the edges up the sides of the seeds before soaking. Jo
ImageMoodene
Mar 7, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: Nadine
Devers, Tx Zn 9b
Shave the edges??? I do soak mine in manure tea before planting but never heard of shaving the edges..lol...mmm..will try that ...

My manure tea is made from poop by my pot belly piggy name Daisymae that I have in my backyard...she gives me all her poop to put in the compost...lol...
Love me like I am.
ImageRoadrunner
Mar 7, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

This is for the seeds for the BOIG gourds only...other wise we just clip the little ears off the bottom of the seeds. Jo
ImageEufaula
Mar 8, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Hmmm, okay Im a little dense here! How do I shave a gourd seed? I do not want to make a mistake. I lost all my big gourd seeds 2 years ago, they just couldnt make it because of the drought. Jo resent me some more and I want to be very careful. Confused *Blush*
My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageRoadrunner
Mar 8, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Let's look at that ole seed..there it is...laying flat...see the little ridge going up the right side....shave a wee bit of it off...to let the water have an easier entry....good! Now do the the left side...oppps...not too deep...great...now soak that shaved seed over night.... Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Group hug Whistling Sorry....I just got up and it rained a lot...so I/m not going to be able to work in the yard today...so I had to be cute! Jo
ImageEufaula
Mar 8, 2010 10:12 AM CST
Name: Lynn
believe me....... I need all the help I can get! Blinking Thanks Jo!
I tip my hat to you.
My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!

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