Posts Tagged "Gourds"

New Ornamental Gourd Variety

There are often new gourd varieties that show up. They may be from a foreign country or a odd spring from other gourds. Being a gourd-a-holic, I am always interested in new gourds. This year my neighbor gave me “Angel Wings” It’s an ornamental gourd that can be purchased in small, medium and large sizes. The large is about 12 inches long. What makes them unique are the wings that grow from the sides. Being the colorful...

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Planning uses for your Gourd Crop

As gardens wind down for this year the gardeners who grew gourds are looking at their crops and planning what to do with their harvest. The small ornamental gourds can be used for fall holiday decorating or dried and used for crafting. And the larger gourds will take anywhere from four months to a year to cure or dry. There are so many uses for the dried gourd. One of the most popular uses is the bottleneck birdhouse. Birds love gourds for homes...

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Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

Fall is a great time to use found natural objects to decorate your home, patio and to give as a quick gift. With Halloween almost here the pumpkin or gourd will lend itself to quick decorating ideas. This you tube will show you how to make a fast table centerpiece or accent floral arrangement for you home or to give away as a holiday gift. (While you cleaning out the pumpkin you may want to save the seeds, rinse them then roast them to use as a...

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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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