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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Fun garden project
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I grew these gourds two year ago over the summer in San Diego. From the 6 vines I started, I got about 10 good sized gourds. They had grown over the neighbor's fence so I had to pick them before the vines had died. From the 10 gourds, about half rotted but I'm sure this was because I picked them way too soon. All of the remaining gourds dried out evenly and made great bird houses. The total drying time for mine was 9 months at which point the seeds rattled inside when they were shaken. I gave all but two away and house wrens have nested in the remaining two each spring since I hung them up. When making your birdhouse, make sure the hole is the right size for the bird you want to attract, and that you add a small perch below the hole - this makes it easy for birds to land and check the gourd out to make sure they want to move in. They also need the perch while they shove nesting material inside. If possible, hang your gourds someplace where you can easily watch what goes on.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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A vigorous vine that is best grown over a fence to keep it out of the way. Easy to grow with no problems. The large leaves droop alarmingly on hot days but then spring back overnight.The gourds were a little smaller than I expected but it was easy to dry and make them into craft projects for the neighbours kids. I will grow then again in the future.
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:
These are the last surviving cucurbits in my garden. The borers didn't get them - I figure they are resistant. And surprise - the squash bugs left them alone, even after all of the other cucurbits died off - the last squash bugs just left these alone! They are doing great and haven't succumbed to powdery mildew. I am slowly picking them now as the vines dry. They are still mostly green but thump hollow- hope they dry as well as my smaller mixed gourds did - before the above mentioned hazards got them also.