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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2007 06:07:07 AM »

Wow, thats a long time Shocked, do they need to hang, or be stored at a certain temperature? Did you have any trouble w/ rotting?

I just kept them outside on a shelf, upright. only one rotted but looked a little iffy when I picked it off the vine.

they may have been dry sooner, I only checked in March (I harvested in late September.)

It may take a while, but it's not a big deal and worth waiting for. I havent decorated them (yet) but they look really cool!   Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2007 10:14:38 AM »

Awesome job...I'm inspired now.
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« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2007 11:33:10 AM »

I've had little gourds that dry really fast and big ones that take forever. The bigger they are the more moisture there is in them. If you have only had one go bad, you are really lucky. I have had a bunch go bad. One year I didn't get any, the goose kept tasting the doggone things, he ruined them all.
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2007 11:39:42 AM »

I have always wanted to dry gourds, and use them to make things, however, I am not really quite sure how its done.. Does anyone have any tips. I live in a really humid climate, and well, when its time to harvest it usually starts to get really cold and we get snow.. So leaving them outside to dry is not an option.. Can anyone give me any suggestions? I want to plant som gourds soon, but I don't want to have them all rot on me.. Thanks.

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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2007 11:47:25 AM »

do you have a space in the garage or some place that is not necessarily warm enough to live in but doesn't freeze really badly? if you do, just put them in there out of the way of rodents, they tend to eat on them and they will dry. they also get mold on them but don't panic. when the gourds are all dried out, it will scrub off. good luck and just give it a try.
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« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2007 05:22:25 PM »

I have always wanted to dry gourds, and use them to make things, however, I am not really quite sure how its done.. Does anyone have any tips. I live in a really humid climate, and well, when its time to harvest it usually starts to get really cold and we get snow.. So leaving them outside to dry is not an option.. Can anyone give me any suggestions? I want to plant som gourds soon, but I don't want to have them all rot on me.. Thanks.



There are a couple of tips over on GardenWeb
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/gourds/msg081709457479.html

I just poked holes in the bottom of mine and let them sit in a well ventilated place (the deck in the back of my house). I didn't have any problems with rodents/racoons/possum, all which frequent my backyard.. even the wild turkeys didn't look twice (they come up on the deck from time to time  Shocked )

I think the big part is sitting and waiting.. but it's worth it in the end!
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« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2007 06:58:22 PM »

Awesome thanks guys.. I am definitely gonna be picking up some seeds sometime in the near future. I am not sure if I am going to make birdhouses or something else. But I am going to do something.. I also wanted to make ornaments out of little gourds.. can I get gourds that will only grow to be about 2-3 inches in diameter.. well.. maybe a little bigger than that.. maybe 3-4 inches.. you have to forgive me I am a gourd noob.... heh heh.
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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2007 08:04:32 PM »

There are ALL sizes of gourds. You can usually find those little ones around Halloween at the supermarket if you don't want to grow them
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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2007 03:10:51 PM »

the little ones you can find around Halloween will dry but they aren't nearly as thick walled as other gourds. but you could try them
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