Planting Gourds For Crafts

I had always been interested in carving gourds. You can make beautiful works of art including gorgeous jewelry and birdhouses. This is just the beginning. The man recently brought home a book for me on gourd carving and now he wants to do it to. The only problem with this is that I now have to plant a million gourds in hope that we have enough for both of us.

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I have a long hugel bed that I have not even come close to being finished preparing. Eventually, this bed will be home to rows and rows of all sorts of herbs and vegetables, but right now, it is home to all kinds of critters. I think I can make it work, I don’t really have a better option.

My plan is to plant the gourds all along the base of the mound after laying a thick pile of leaves there to help mulch the gourds. As I have the chance throughout the rest of the spring and summer, I will continue to add leaves to the back half of the mound so as not to squish my gourds. As the leaves settle, they will rot and finish off my hugel for later use. I hope that the leaves will deter the critters before they get to eating my gourds. I don’t really have any idea what will happen. I figure it’s worth a shot.

Check out these links for some gourd sculpting ideas:

Gourd Art

Gourd Carving Gallery

Next planting project we will be working on is seed bombs.

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