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ImageLaVonne
Sep 20, 2011 11:19 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I would like you to keep the two forums separate.

What you say peoples ?

I am very anxious to see your talents and efforts. I know they will all be beautiful.
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JohnS
Oct 9, 2011 4:24 PM CST
A friend gave me a gaint african gourd seed ,two vines have developed and they are now about 10 feet long ,which surprised me -I saw a couple of flowers the other day they were white - but i don't see them today.
my question is should i buy a trellis ? or let them roam free -what special needs does this plant need ? thank for any info that u can give me - Johns
ImageLaVonne
Oct 9, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

John welcome:
Not knowing just where you are on the globe, I can only be general in my information. This gourd variety is very large and needs to remain on the ground, so let the vine roam. Once it sets a flower and then a gourd begins forming you can shorten the vine leaving a foot after the vine unless there are more flowers and beginning gourds on the vine. This gourd plant will require much water and a plant fertilizer also.

Gourds prefer a soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. The more space the gourds have to grow in, the larger they will be. Large gourd vines can reach a length of 30 feet. Depending on your local weather conditions, water your gourd plants two to three times per week. Allow the soil to be moist but not over saturated. Fertilize your gourds once they have started growing, with an all-purpose fertilizer such as an 8-8-8. Water the fertilizer in well.
Harden off your gourds before harvesting them. Cease giving them water or fertilizer. The gourds will be ready to be picked once they have turned brown and the stems are dead.

I hope this helps you and feel free to come back often to visit.

LaVonne






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ImageRoadrunner
Oct 14, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

a P. S. When the gourd starts to get big, place something under it...like cardboard or boards...this will keep the bottom from getting ugly from sitting on the soil and pebbles. Also, when you harvest those gourds...please leave about 2 inches to the stem for handling. Jo
ImageLaVonne
Oct 14, 2011 3:16 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

very good advice, Jo..thanks
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ImageLaVonne
Oct 16, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I have one gourd entry..come on ladies and gents you must have a dried gourd or two that would go great in our contest.

The entry needs competition...else she could win by default.....
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ImageRoadrunner
Oct 16, 2011 10:30 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

OH! That would be a shame!!! Let's get busy and enter this contest....Hmmm....maybe a swan gourd. Jo
ImageLaVonne
Nov 3, 2011 3:09 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

ok gang we now have two entries....lets get a few more and make this contest a good one.

Roadrunner and Kareoke have posted their gourds to my c=mail....

Here are the Rules revised and Prizes:

1. Gourd may be any size or shape
2.Would like it to have a Late Fall or Winter theme but will take what you do
3. Pictures of the gourd entries should be sent to me and I will post them without names for judging.
4. Gourd Entries are due no later than December 10th. Judging will begin on December 12th with winner being announced on December 15th.
5. First Prize ---$25.00 gift certificate to cubit store of your choice, in the form of a Money Order to be mailed to winner.
Second Prize ---$10.00 certificate as above or a M.O
Third Prize ---- A bar of charity soap from http://www.thebabeshop.com/

So far we have:

gardengus
Roadrunner HAS ALREADY SUBMITTED HER GOURD.
Ridesredmule
Lance
Kareoke HAS SUBMITTED HER ENTRY

Remember gourd entries MUST be in my C-mail no later than Dec. 10 so I can load them for voting. Voting ends at MIDNIGHT on Dec. 14th and Winners will be announced on Dec. 15th.
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ImageHollyAnnS
Nov 8, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I got 2 apple gourds a few weeks ago from a friend that grew them. I would love to stain them red and make them look like apples. I will take a few pics of them and read up on the tutorials again.
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ImageLaVonne
Nov 8, 2011 11:00 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

That would be great. I have done a few Apple Gourds too.... I used acrylic paint and then sprayed is with shellac to protect the surface and shine the Apple. I haven't stained one so would love to see what you do with it and do enter it in the contest.
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ImageRoadrunner
Nov 8, 2011 2:02 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

I used shoe dye to do my Apple Gourd...works great.

Jo
ImageHollyAnnS
Nov 9, 2011 6:38 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Oh I think that would work as a good stain. I was thinking about leather dye. Here are my apple gourds. Thumb of 2011-11-09/HollyAnnS/2833d0 Thumb of 2011-11-09/HollyAnnS/c5c347

So what is the first step from here as far as cleaning them. Soak?
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ImageRoadrunner
Nov 9, 2011 9:42 AM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

The first step is to let them dry really good.

Those are nice looking Apple Gourds. I like to let mine dry on the vine. Jo
ImageHollyAnnS
Nov 9, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I have a very warm mudroom with our wood/coal stove in there it should dry them out. Good dry heat.
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ImageRoadrunner
Nov 9, 2011 10:10 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Be sure that they get some air circulating in them.

My Gourd friend that grows and sells gourds has a sun room and she hangs them all around from the ceiling....works good to dry them. Jo
ImageLaVonne
Nov 10, 2011 1:34 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Yes they must have warm circulating air for drying. Let them dry through the winter and come Spring they should be dry enough to take to the next step. Hanging them around the room or putting them on pallets would be great. If you put them on pallets be sure and rotate them every few days. Watch out for soft spots.
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ImageHollyAnnS
Nov 10, 2011 4:41 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Thanks so much for info.
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ImageLaVonne
Dec 8, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Fellow Gourd Crafters I have some disheartening news for all of us:

Contacted MistiRose to acquire the Bar of soap for the Gourd Contest and she wold me that she has closed up the Soap part of her Business....so the Bar I have (she is sending it to me) is the last one and worth its weight in gold.

She is going to keep herself busy though and she still has 2 web sites up:

One is http://www.thebabeshop.com and the other is http://www.thebabeshop.com/ababeinthegarden

These are blog sites. In the future she says she will try her hand at ebooks............
While I am sad that this lousy economy has claimed another, I wish her the very best for the New Year.

Sincerely
Dorothy/LaVonne
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ImageHollyAnnS
Dec 8, 2011 8:15 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Well progress on the apple gourds. One of them collapsed it was looking a bit funny, drawing in at the middle. I noticed the odd look but when Ric picked it up to move it the other day it just imploded. The other one seems just fine so far.
Sorry to hear that MistiRose is closing her shop, sure is hard to run a handcraft business.
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ImageLaVonne
Dec 8, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

It sure is Holly that is why I have not done anything with my Cubits shop..although I have been making things for filling "the shelves" next year...I am hoping that the economy will start to turn for the better, not only for me but all of us.

I know that when I was a kid and the financial economy was struggling people began making and buying useful craft items. People are strange..the older I get the more strange they seem...LOL
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