See the picture below? It is a budding new gourd. See how it bulges out. That is a baby gourd. Its the only one I found right now but it is easy to see in my garden so this is the one that I will be watching.
My first blog post on growing gourds.
As many of you know, this is my first year attempting to grow my own gourds!! I have learned so much like…
- Don’t attempt to grow 10 gourd plants in a tiny plot!
- Don’t grow other veggies in “the bare spots” because they won’t be bare for long and they will get taken over quickly as the gourd plants hang on for dear life.
Those are my don’t's.
My do’s are...
- Put up something for them to grow on. I pounded in a couple of rebar rods I had laying around and bought some picture hanging wire to run across the garden three times. I am not sure it this will hold up once gourds start popping out but that is what they got!
- Water often… which reminds me, I am watering now. I need to go turn it off. Be back in a minute.
Since this is my first time I really don’t know what to look for. I got a sheet from the American Gourd Society when I joined and it showed me hand drawing of the male and female flowers.
Yes… I went out there in the evening and lifted their little dresses to check their sex. I attempted to manually pollinate some of them, whether I was successful or not remains to be seen.
Then I decided mother nature could do it!! She has been doing it a lot longer than me!
Here are some more pics of my Gourd Garden.
See those HUGE leaves? Because I am also into pottery I could not resist picking one and using it as a “stamp” for a bowl. I have it all made and bisqued, all I need to do now is glaze and fire it and then I will let you see!!
Feel free to share with us your experiences with a gourd garden. I would love to hear about them!!