Gourds, Gourds, Gourds

I can’t believe I’ve gotten so many gourds this year.  I planted two different varieties.  The small ones are Baby Bottles and the large ones are Dipper Long Handles.  I’m a little disappointed in the Baby Bottles I  thought they would be bigger, but am very pleased with the Dipper Long Handle.

Gourds galore

I tried growing them last year, but without much success.  I did get a few small ones,  which my dog Kahlo had a grand time shredding.  But thanks to her I have a few volunteers.

Volunteer Gourd

The plant which has been the most productive has grown into the woods and seems to be loving it.

Gourd Growing in Woods

Gourds on Vine

I’m a member of the Northwest Florida Arts Association and thought maybe I could have a kids class and have the kids paint the gourds once they are dry.   Anyone have any tips on what or how to paint  the gourds or any other ideas on what to do with my gourds?   Oh, also how long do they take to dry?


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Gourds, Gourds, Gourds — 5 Comments

  1. I love your gourds! I have no idea how long they take to dry, but I do know they make fun marracca’s if the kids would like to make a little music.

  2. wow!! These are gorgeous!

    I’ve always wanted to grow the dipper gourds. I didn’t envision the dipper part to look so big. My dad grows gourds and uses them for a variety of things in the garden – scoops for duck food, dirt, etc.

    I think they’ll take a few months to dry?? Not positive about this. Actually, I just got back from dinner with a friend whose son brought the entire harvest from last year to the beach. They had a whole family gourd painting day and they were gorgeous.

    I guess I’d definitely try to make some birdhouses from them. I’ve seen such super cool creative things but I’m only a copier, not a creator – You have so many gourds to work with, I’d see what people have done and get busy! I know sanding is an important step.

    Oh, a few years ago I grew luffa gourd (sponges). I bet you’d enjoy that! There’s a post somewhere on my blog about it, probably posted a couple months ago.

  3. The long necked ones are very pretty! I’ve not grown that kind or the baby bottles. I find the best kind for birdhouses and crafts to be the martin type gourds. I like their size and don’t do the ‘birdhouse’ gourds. This year I’m growing bushel gourds-quite huge with not much of a neck. In my garden it typically takes about 4 months for a large martin gourd to dry. Judging by the size of yours I suspect yours will be dry in about 2-3 months. You can tell when you shake the gourd and you hear the seeds rattle. Painting them is most fun. Sometimes I just stain mine and apply gloss and store in a basket. I love gourds.

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