I have come to the conclusion that I can grow anything NOT edible.
I struggle with widening watermelons, plumping pumpkins, and cultivating cantaloupes. I have a gift to grow weeds and inedible gourds in abundance- but, can I manage to harvest a spaghetti squash?
Last year I pillaged over 200 (yes 200!) 4-6 foot long snake gourds. Do you know how hard it is to give away 200 decorative gourds? I supplied 5 towns and three counties with the slinky slitherin.
This year I banished the snakes and tried my hand at birdhouse gourds. I did manage to bring in a small return for my efforts, but now I am left trying to "cure" the gourds before I can turn them into bird abodes.
To "cure" my gourds here is what I am attempting:
- I let the fruit rest on the vines until the frost killed the foliage.
- I cut the stems long and allow them to harden and remain.
- I put the gourds in a dry and sunny place with a lot of air circulation.
- Now I am waiting. I don't want to work with the gourds until they are completely hardened. Hopefully, they will dry and I can transform them into art.