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!
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!
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.