Posts Tagged "gourd crafting"

How to make a Luminary Gourd

Having a leftover supply of dried gourds from the last few years’ crops I was looking for a new craft idea. I also needed evening lights for the backyard so it was time to look for a crafting luminary project. The following your tube has a luminary gourd project. One tip I never knew was to use mineral oil to help make the gourd more water resistant. It is important to have a gourd waterproof and weather protected. I usually did it with a...

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Fall Gardening chores interrupted.

It was a beautiful day in NW PA. The leaves are just past their peak, but still beautiful and almost haunting in their appearance. As I was doing outdoor chores and picking up the yard and gardens and preparing them for winter I was distracted by last years gourd collection. The gourds were dry early this summer and I cut and cleaned the interiors about a month ago. I have about 20 I have selected for bird feeders or for hanging plants. I still...

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Gourd tips

Gourds are amazing plants to grow in the garden. But in my zone 5 climate I need to start my seeds early for the larger gourds that take 100 to 125 day to mature. There are many mis-conceptions about the gourd and what they are. Yes, some are edible and some are not. As a matter of fact many are quite toxic, particularly when cutting and sanding for gourd crafting. In my 15 plus years of growing gourds I have grown more than 35 varieties. I have...

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