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Following Jesse's advice, I let my one gourd vine climb. I don't have any real good place to have a controlled climb, so I let it climb a tree. Actually, a large shrub. This morning, I was setting some concrete pavers under that tree to form a pad for a garden bench. For no apparent reason I looked up in the tree, and there, 20 or so feet off the ground are six or seven very large bottle gourds and a few smaller ones.

When the vine dies and they harden off, I may have to rent a cherry picker to get them down, but I am nevertheless quite happy that it did what it was supposed to do.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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