Gourd Ornament-4 pack
On SALE for only $5.25
A great project for any age.
12 Pack Ornament Type Gourds
On SALE for only $18.95
Great for ornaments, wreaths and more
Making More Gourd Ornaments
C. Angela Mohr has given us another great book!
Bottle Gourd Birdhouse w/Wisteria
On SALE for only $27.95
Adjustable Crescent Entrance Hole Cylinder
On SALE for only $5.25
Keep Starlings out!
Box of 4 large Martin (Kettle) Gourd-Washed
One of our best sellers!
Box of Mixed Gourds (9 qty) - washed
On SALE for only $57.95
Holiday Fun, Painting Christmas Gourds, by Sammie Crawford
On SALE for only $13.99
New for 2009
Snowman Gourd Birdhouse
On SALE for only $23.95
Made in the USA- Hand Painted
1/4" -#9 Gourd Carving Tool-6" palm
On SALE for only $21.50
The one tool every gourd carver should own
Gourd Carving Kit
On SALE for only $65.95
Save money by buying the kit!
6' plug-in light cord w/ switch and socket (metal prong type) - white
On SALE for only $3.95
A must for gourd luminaries, buy a lamp base for table top use
Martin (kettle) Gourd (8"- 9" diameter) large
On SALE for only $9.35
dried, cleaned, and ready to craft
On SALE for only $1.05
Buy in bulk and Save! Dried, cleaned, and ready to paint or dye.
On SALE for only $4.25
Use for people figures, birds and more
Jewelry Gourd (Tennessee Spinners)
Super Sale Price - By Quantity and SAVE
Long Gourd Scraping Tool
On SALE for only $9.95
This is the scraper you'll use!
Gourd Base Made with recycled materials
On SALE for only $2.25
Base only, light cord and bulb not included
On SALE for only $25.95
Birds Use Gourd Birdhouses All Year Long
Unfinished Gourd Bird House (medium gourd) with 1-1/2" hole
On SALE for only $12.95
Buy a few today!
Box of Four Finished Bird Houses
On SALE for only $67.95
Professional Rotary Tool Set
On SALE for only $146.50
For the serious crafter
Fiebing Professional Oil Dye
On SALE for only $5.75
Fade Resistant, Long Lasting Color
Gourd Tips and Information
The following tips came from my aunt Martha's gourds growing experience. Although the information is intended for 'birdhouse gourds', (Lagenaria), the basic information will work for just about any type of gourd or vine plant.
First, there are a few basic requirements that must be met before attempting to grow gourds of any kind with any real success. Gourds of all types require a lot of sun, water and a long spell of warm weather. Lagenaria, or 'Bird House' gourds will need about 150 to 180 growing days in order to fully mature to 9" or 10" gourds. Gourds also need one thing that we wouldn't normally think about. Gourds need room, lots of room. Depending on the type, the vines often obtain lengths of 30' or more. I've personally seen them over 50 feet long. They can either be trellised or left to run on the ground, but I've found my best results are to simply let them go on the ground, changing the direction of the vine if necessary. Good soil is obviously a must for any plant to grow, but there are also a few other things that can be done to give them a helping hand.
Planting in Hills
One of the most popular methods for growing "any" plants from the vine family is to plant them in "hills". To do this, dig a hole about a foot deep and two feet in diameter in an area where it will receive plenty of sun and water. Then fill the hole about 1/4 to 1/2 way with cow manure or some other form of compost. These types of compost materials can be found at Wal-Mart or Kmart garden center or any garden shop. You may even know a farmer that will give you some. Good quality 'humus' will also work very well. Next, cover the manure with about 3 or 4 inches of dirt and space from about 6 to a dozen seeds around the 'hill' and cover them up. As they grow, their roots go down into the manure and are thus self fertilizing. Once they are well started, say about 2 or 3 leaves each, thin down to the best 2 or 3 plants. With good sun and water, they will soon begin spreading their vines. Just beware, the vines will soon overtake a large area, so don't place the "hills" too close together. It is not uncommon for the vines of the larger gourd species to easily reach 20, 25, even 30 feet in length. I assume that a plant can handle and grow 2 good gourds each, so, with that in mind, you could expect 20 gourds from 10 plants, depending on your local and length of growing season. Just remember, the more gourds per plant, the smaller they will be. And depending on the pollination, some will have gourds, some won't. More about this later.
It's been said that gourds 'thrive on neglect'. In other words, plant them and leave them alone. Believe it or not, this is what one of my farmer friends does to get his gourds. He goes out near an old wagon that sits out in the open where it gets plenty of sun. He then pushes some seeds into the ground around it and leaves them alone all summer. The gourds grow all around and up onto the old wagon. At the end of the year, around the time the growing season has come to an end, or the weather has turned cool, he picks his gourds and sets them on the wagon to dry. He leaves them there until I pick them up and bring them home to work them into Purple Martin houses. This works for him. Every year he has 30 to 50 beautiful gourds that he can either use or give away to be used for the martins.