WHAT ARE GOURDS?
Over the years I have heard this question so many times. If you are curious about gourds, a brief explanation is: gourds are a natural grown plant, that is planted in the spring, grows all summer to develop into beautiful "fruit" that is left on the vine at the end of the growing season and will harden over the fall and winter months. After this time the fruit will appear to rot, get moldy and dry to a lighter weight. Now it can be cut from the vines, moved to a storage location and left to completely dry until spring of the next year, and then the dirt and mold is washed away from the outer surface. What remains is a beautiful, hard shelled gourd that can be used for crafts, vessels, musical instruments or whatever you can imagine. If taken care of, Gourds will last for many years if stored properly. A lot of hard work and some help from mother nature, goes into creating a gourd. Requires a year to produce. This is what makes them so special!
PURPLE MARTIN HOUSES
It is not too late to put out purple martin houses. Second year Martin scouts arrive later than the older martins, and they need a place to begin raising a new family. All Purple martin houses and accessories are on sale. Make sure you have a place for them to nest. See our purple martin page
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The birdhouse hole size chart below is meant to be a general guideline of how each species of bird prefer their home. Individual birds may use an entrance hole slightly smaller or larger than the size listed. Buy the next size up if you don't see one that matches exactly.
All of the birds listed below are cavity nesting birds and will use a gourd for their home if it is positioned and hung properly. Some species don't like the gourd to swing very much, others like it. If you're trying to attract the types of birds that don't like the gourd to swing, use a metal coat hanger or other means to stabilize the gourd on the branch. Many birds also prefer the opening to be away from the prevailing winds. In any event, there is such a shortage of cavities for birds to live in, your gourd birdhouse should be filled in no time. Gourds hung in early spring usually get filled by a new family by breeding time in late spring and early summer. Read about the Shortage for Cavity Nesting Birds.
Robins, Phoebes, and Barn Swallows prefer open sides on their homes so they can see out in many directions. For these species, use one of our gourd nest boxes.
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