I thought we had already planted everything that was going into the garden this year. When Mom and I happened upon a home/garden center we’d never been to before — and their very large selection of seeds this late in the season — I couldn’t resist buying some gourd seeds.
I can’t believe how many different varieties of gourds there are! There were seeds for swan gourds, baby bottle gourds, snake gourds, apple, nest egg, dipper, turk’s turban, ornamental, dragon, bushel and banana gourds. I bought a packet of birdhouse gourd seeds and planted them in the corn rows. They had just begun peeking their heads above ground when Dave tried to be helpful and hoed the “weeds” in and around the corn. Oh no!! I ran out to the garden to survey the damage and was relieved to see that I had at least four gourd plants left. That was enough, because to be honest I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the gourds anyway.
Drying gourds is a fairly simple process — it just takes a long time. You lay the gourds on wire racks and leave them alone for up to several months, turning them occasionally, until the seeds rattle inside when you shake them. The hardest part for me will be finding the space to lay out dozens(?) of gourds to dry. At last count, I had eleven gourd plants growing. If the raccoons that have been feasting on our corn don’t destroy the gourds in the process, then I will have more gourds than I know what to do with!
Have you ever decorated a gourd? I’d love to get some ideas!