Gourds and tomatoes

Gourds and tomatoes

It's been a long time since I've posted and I wanted to share pictures of my garden and how it's going this year. I've got all my tomatoes and most of my gourds set up. How many of you grow gourds? I love them! After trying different member of the cucumber family (mostly pumpkins and failing miserably with them.) I think I've come to discover that gourds are my favorite "veggies". I love thier shapes, colors, soft velvety leaves and the whole growing process. I'm hoping I'll get a nice harvest this year that I can use for crafts. Some I'm planning on turning into instruments, but first I have to grow them. I'll put this behind a cut since I have more than one pic. Here's the tomato bed with the new cages. You can see how the Steak Sandwhich type has a huge head start on the seedlings I ordered from Burpee. I have a few heirlooms still in starting trays that have just sprouted. I'm very interested in big heirlooms. I've only tried the yellow pears and really liked them. I prefer sweet over tangy. I also like smokey. So far I've gotten Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Mortgage Lifter for this year. Any other suggestions? What are you favorite heirlooms? Also how do I train the tomatoes into those cages? What parts of the leaves can I cut to keep them from escaping? Ok and now for my gourd. I took the gourd I grew last year and decided to clean it. I think it's ready. So I soaked it and that was very hard to do. This is what we finally came up with. We put it in a criter cage. What you don't see is the top has a bird bowl with a plastic super cup full of heavy pennies to keep the lid and the gourd from flying out. Gourds float amazingly well. I was scared it would go through the roof. An hour later I took it out and scrubbed it down with soap and water to get the mold and skin off of it. Check out how it turned out! I love the color. Now I just don't know what to do with it. Originally I was going to make it into a canteen but now I don't know. I need to decide because that will determine the type of cut I make on it. I think the shell is thin so I probably can't use it for anything that requires durability. I don't know anymore. Well I did find out something after washing it. They smell like maple syrup. At least that's what my husband said it smelled like. I had described it as a cross between vanilla, cinnamon and pepper. Whatever it was it's made me light headed. Oh wouldn't it be ironic if I was allergic to these darn things I love so much? I can't wait to seal it with wood sealer so it won't smell so gross anymore. In the garden I have some luffas that have just come up along with a birdhouse gourd and a swan gourd. I plan to put out more types once they sprout from my starter trays.
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