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One Lonely Gourd

September 5th, 2009

I started bird house gourd plants this spring. I gave one to my mom and I kept one to plant on my trellis on the garage. My mom had a gourd set fairly early on, it’s pretty big now. Mine is still fairly small but it seems to be growing.
I was hoping to get more than 1 gourd since I was wanting to give them out for Christmas. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to try again next year. It was just something I decided to grow to add a little fun to the gardens.

Anything fun growing in your garden?

10 Comments to “One Lonely Gourd”
  1. T on September 5, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Papayas, holy basil (tulsi), arugula, Thai and Italian basil, pineapple sage, rosemary. I love it all so much. The tulsi is my favorite, don’t tell the others.

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  2. kristin on September 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Weeds. Lots and lots of weeds. Though I wouldn’t really categorize them as “fun.”
    .-= kristin´s last blog ..A Much Better Aftermath =-.

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    • Susy on September 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

      I’m growing some weeds as well and it seems rabbits and deer too.

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  3. the inadvertent farmer on September 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I’ve got exactly twice as many gourds as you…2! Mine are birdhouse also. I’ve got mine planted in a barrel, I will trying putting them directly in the ground next year and see if I get any more. Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Purely Pictures of the Farm =-.

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  4. Dave on September 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I meant to grow gourds for the kids this year but never did. I was planning on making a tunnel and have the gourds grow over it. Just for fun though we planted sunflowers and pumpkins! I’ve counted about 5 green Jack-o-Lantern type pumpkins coming along!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Fall Color Project 2009 =-.

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    • Susy on September 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm

      I’d love to grow pumpkins, but I’m short on space. I planted some at my mom’s yesterday but the day before we were going to harvest them the deer got them – GRRRR.

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  5. Daedre on October 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I had trouble with gourds this year too and I’m not sure what the trick is. I had many gourds last year and I didn’t do anything differently.

    In any event, giving gourds at Christmas probably wouldn’t have worked (at least not for this year). Your gourd will probably get kind of moldy on the outside and fairly unattractive until it is completely cured. My gourds from last year took almost all winter to dry, but once I cleaned them up, they look fantastic.

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    • Susy on October 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

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  6. Linda on July 31, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I planted seeds of watermelon, cucumber, and the birdhouse gourd, Then it rained for nearly 3 weeks, everything washed flooded and ended up elsewhere. Does the gourd plant flower look like a cucumber flower? If so then I lost my gourd. I dug up and put in large pots and moved in to sun. Could you show me a good shot of a gourd leaf? Thank you awesome pictures, you have real talent.

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    • Susy on August 1, 2010 at 8:25 am

      Yes it does look like a cucumber, they’re in the same family (curcurbit) so they look very similar. The blooms also look like cucumber blooms, mine were white on my birdhouse gourd, but it may be the variety or cultivar I grew.

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