An Update on my Gourds

As most of my readers know about six months ago I started to dry some gourds that I had grown in the fall. This process took about four-five months in totality and I followed the simple directions I listed in my post about Arizona Gourds.

Following the drying process I tried leaving some of my gourds as is, giving them a natural look, while I painted others different colors, in this case I chose the color green because it went with the decor in my home. Finally, I tried lacquering them as well to give them a shiny look.  My personal favorite was the lacquered style but see for yourself!

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Gourds grown in my garden

This year, my garden has been a little bit behind on it’s growing cycle. Instead of receiving pumpkins and gourds in October and November around Halloween and Thanksgiving, we had gourds popup in December right before Christmas.

We had so many different size and shaped gourds that we decided to pick them and learn how to dry them out for crafting and decoration.

According to wikiHow there a several ways to dry gourds:

Method 1 of 5: Drying Gourds in the Field

Method 2 of 5: Drying Gourds off the Vine

Method 3 of 5: Hanging Gourds to Dry

Method 4 of 5: Greenscaping Gourds

Method 5 of 5: Cleaning Gourds after They are Dried

for more detailed information about these methods visit the wikiHow page about drying gourds.

Have a happy New Year!

An Update on My Urban Farm

ChickenMy urban farm has had some ups and downs over the past couple of months. We have had many attacks on our urban farm by different predators who have attacked our chickens and even our garden. After several attacks on our chicken coop (including a cat prying the side of the coop open) we have a total of three chickens left, all from our original flock.

We plan on raising more chicks at some point so that we can increase our egg production. Currently, we only receive about two or three eggs a day. In the past, we have received about ten to a dozen eggs a day. We were to the point that we had no idea what to do with so many eggs, so we gave them away to neighbors and friends.

Our garden is currently producing lots of different plants. We have a large crop of okra and have a bunch of gourds growing in our backyard. One of the plants that we wanted to grow a large crop of was pumpkins, but unfortunately they did not flower.  One of the biggest problems we had with our garden was birds. We have birds lurking in our backyard because of our chickens and the chicken feed we have near our garden. When the birds had finished off the chicken feed they decided to go after the newly planted seeds in our garden, which caused lost of problems when we were trying to grow plants. We also had lots of volunteer plants from the last few years of harvests.

Besides the chickens we also have rabbits, cats, and a  tortoise. In the past we have also had ducks. I hope to expand my urban farm to include many other animals. The animal aspect of urban farming is my favorite part because I have a passion for animals.

*UPDATE 11/13/13*

We have now added these 9 little ones to our flock.

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A Local Urban Gardener

Kim Kunasek lives in the Phoenix Metro Area and has her own urban garden in her backyard. She has cultivated and tended to her garden to the point that she wants to share it with others. She decided to do this by joining a group of individual families who put on urban garden tours.  Over the years she has participated in many different urban garden tours and had hundreds of guests tour her garden.  Kunasek has a passion for gardening and growing edibles, plants that you can eat, and raising chickens. Kunasek and her garden were even featured in the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine. Her garden started off with just plants and then grew to also have chickens as well as other animals. Check out her story.