Every fall I have to buy gourds, so this year I decided to grow my own.
I bought just one package of mixed gourds.
I planted all of the seeds in the package.
I honestly didn’t think every one would come up. But they did.
The plants stayed under control in the garden, for a very short time.
Soon I was trying to keep all those vines in their own allotted space. Which didn’t work very well really.
It was lots of fun watching all the different little gourds develop.
Fast forward to harvest time. I have a lot of gourds.
I really mean it, a lot of gourds.
The mixed package was a good idea. A great variety of shapes and colours, warty and smooth.
I gave them all a good scrub and let them continue to dry in the sun. I read somewhere to cut them off with at least 2 inches of stem, to allow for drying out.
The tiny, immature ones are starting to get soft, but the mature gourds are all looking good.
So I have lots to decorate with, and lots to give away. Worth it to try once, but I’m not sure I’ll give all that garden real estate up again next year.