Gourds and more gourds! There are so many different types, I was amazed!
We have grown quite a few different ones just for fun. They are beautiful and colorful additions to the Thanksgiving decorations as well. Two years ago we planted goblin egg gourds in our summer garden. We thought the grandkids would like display some around their Jack-o-lanterns at Halloween.
Truly, they are the exact same size as chicken eggs. The colors are vibrant and fun to watch develop on the vine. I know that I had more fun watching them grow than the grand kids, LOL. They were more interested in the size of the pumpkins. I am always amazed at the yield of just one plant. By the end of the plants cycle, we must have had 25 to 30 gourds.
Okay, now you are asking yourself what am I to do with so many egg sized gourds. Well, obviously there is always a fun, creative use for just about everything out there. But, first they had an immediate use, my table at Thanksgiving. Once there colorful presence was finished there I decided to let them dry and see what happens. My mother in law had given me a book on drying and decorating them. I truly didn’t realize it would take over a year for them to dry out completely. I checked them just this past spring, still not totally dried out enough to play with.
Not so pretty anymore huh? Light as a feather now, washed, and sanded smooth they are ready to paint. Well, five of them are ready anyway. Decisions, decisions, I know they will all be different, but where to start……………….. Cyn