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Re: gourds

Depending on the size of the gourd (I have Corsican gourds this year that are quite heavy and when they dry I have to sit them on something, not hang them, because of the weight).  If it is a bird-house gourd or something in that range, I would let them hang on the vine until the first frost.  It gives them all the growing time they need.  They do not have to hang on the vine all winter, just pick them or cut them off (I leave some of the stem on it) and put them in a relatively dry place until next summer (garage or shed).  Usually it will develop a black or dark grey mold on it while it is drying.  This is normal.  While drying, If the gourd puckers or wrinkles, or looks like it is shrinking some, then it was not mature enough to pick.  The late season gourds do that sometimes.  You know the gourd is dry and ready to craft with when you shake it and you can hear the seeds rattle a little bit inside.  When you are ready to do something with them, take bleach and water and
 scrub them down with a Brillo pad or steel wool.  That gets most of the dried on mold off of it.  AND - last but not least - when you are cleaning out the insides of the gourd, or using a drill or sander on them - DO IT OUTSIDE.  The dust is killer - even if you don't have allergies.  Trust me on that one....

Bonnie Holmes <holmesbm@usit.net> wrote:
  This is the second year that I have tried to grow gourds and I now have a good number of them...still green on the vines. When do I pick them? How do I let them dry out before I do the finishing that was suggested earlier?

Bonnie Holmes

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