Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas comes early (to good gardeners)

Special delivery Arizona grown and dried gourds:
Remember these bottle neck/bird house gourds growing on our pumpkin patch fence? We called DH's brother for some expert advice as we could not see how they would ever dry. Just about hopeless in the Pacific Northwest is what we all decided (see below). Brother M recognized the disappointed sound in my voice and surprised us with a nice variety of quality AZ dried gourds!

Washington grown and mostly rotting gourds, in the barn: And a few trying to dry in the house:
Thanks, Brother M! This is indeed better than my suggestion of mailing you our moldy, undrying ones.


Anonymous said...

That looks like some fun, to decorate all those gourds this winter!

Molly said...

I've found that gourds will dry if they are ripe by the end of the growing season, and I drill three small holes in the blossom end before storing them someplace warm and dry. I wonder if putting them in a food dehydrator would work?

Petunia's Gardener said...

Molly, that's a good point. Ours started a little late and they may not have really been ripe before the first frost hit hard and we picked them. I'm going to get them started earlier next year year. Thanks for the input.

Allotment Lady said...

What a lovely surprise - and bird house gourds - great