Harvest time…..

I am so excited to see the yield of my gourd plants this year!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the basket gourd seeds.  I was totally bummed about that, having been very free with the basket gourds I harvested a few years ago.  I will most definitely plant them this upcoming year!  Steven and I found the apple and swan gourd seeds to fill the void.  I wasn’t sure what they would turn out like, having never seen an apple gourd before and the gopher took my swan plant years ago before I could see what they grow into.

Believe it or not, this is the yield from just 2 plants, 1 of each type of gourd…….


I think you can tell which is which.  The swans are wonderful, we have had a better yield of them than the apple.


I think you can see why they are named thusly.  Some of them are so wonderful, I just can’t wait for them to dry and be paint ready.


We did learn a valuable lesson for those of you who think you might want to join in on the gourd mania.  Periodically go out to your plants once they have fruit on them and set the fruit on it’s bottom.  In this fashion, you will have gourds that will sit nicely.  Some of these will have to be helped to sit still.

Well, I have about 9 months minimum to wait for these to dry out.  It will be worth the wait though!  Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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7 Responses to Harvest time…..

  1. Theresa says:

    I thought the gourds that people sit out were harvested in the same season. I had no clue it took that long for them to dry! Thanks for sharing.

    • designbycyn says:

      I thought about your comment and realized that some of the gourds you have seen are recent harvests. They are widely grown for decoration for the fall holidays. After the holidays, you can let them dry in a dry location for the rest of the year. They loose their bright colors, turn brownish hues, become very light and woodish. Then they can be made into baskets, ornaments, etc. A dremel cuts them like butter and they accept painting easily. Check out the internet, it is amazing the beautiful items these wonderfully creative artist make from a simple gourd! Thanks for sharing…..Cyn

  2. Those are some neat looking gourds! We just throw some gourds behind a barn on a farm and in September, we have a bunch of gourds to pick! Of course, they are just the little decorative kind. What do you make with these?

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