Category Archives: Garden 101

Dried Out

As many of you know I have been growing birdhouse gourds in my garden, 12 have been cut from the vine and there are 3 still hanging.

I think some of these are bottleneck gourds.

From different sites on Google it can take anywhere from 30 days to 12 months from them to completely dry out…I think that depends on size and where you choose to dry then out.

There is only one that is completely dried. I like the marble effect that it has and think, for this one, I will only use a clear coat of polyurethane to shine it up

Once all are dried I will post then next phase.

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Emergence

This pod has been growing in one of my flowerbeds for most of the summer and I have no clue what it is.

Yesterday I noticed that it has opened up and a bunch of seeds are emerging.

I still have not figured out what it is. I don’t know if it is something that I planted or a weed.

The pod looks like a string bean that is growing straightup instead of down.

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It Has Begun

As many of you know I planted birdhouse gourds awhile ago and they have been growing just fine. There have been no issues with bugs or anything like that (the smell is probably keeping them away.. lol) .

They have been easy to grow. They do need lots of water.

I knew the gourd would need picking soon as the plant started to die a few weeks ago. I learned from reading that although the plant is dying you do not remove the gourds until their stem is completely brown.

I have been checking and checking and nothing until this morning. I don’t know how I missed it but I was able too “harvest” my first birdhouse gourd.

The gourd has started to turn brown too. Now I don’t know if harvesting it late makes a difference or not. If anyone knows please share.

There are 12 more and most of their stems have started to turn brown so just a matter of time.

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Still Hanging Around

The Praying Mantis’ are still hanging around my yard. Today I photographed 2, one hanging upside down on my car window (picture to blurry to post) and one hanging around the luffa vine.

Speaking of luffas they are still growing like crazy. I can not put my fingers around it anymore.

Here are 4 more that are going just as fantasticad as the first 2. So in total I have 7 luffas growing.

There is one that is not doing to much growing.

This one started at the same time as my 2 large luffas. For some reason it is not growing at the same rate.

More gardening updates coming soon.

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Twice the Size

Last Saturday I posted about how much my luffa gourd grew in 5 days. Now 7 days later it has doubled in size again.

It states that luffas can grow over 2.5 feet long!

There are several more that are starting to form. I am hoping top get atleast 10 for the season.

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What a Difference 5 Days Makes

This morning when I go out to check on the luffas progress I am astonished as to how much it has grown in just 5 days.

From Monday 8/19/19

Tuesday 8/20/19

Wednesday 8/21/19

Saturday 8/24/19

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They Have Appeared

Yesterday when I walked the garden I noticed that my luffa plants are finally forming. It first bloomed 30 days ago. Currently there are 2 luffas.

I hope to have many more.

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Back at the Ranch

Vacation is over 😞😭. I will have a post or two later on the trip.

After bringing all the bags and stuff (why do we take so much on vacation) into the house I go to check out the garden.

I notice that my freeloading critters realized that I was gone and had a major feast on the watermelon…..again.

I knew that they weren’t eatable after their first meal but I was letting them continue to grow so I could see how big the others would get.

Hopefully I will have others soon.

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Garden Update

Let’s get the negative stuff out the way first. My unwelcomed squatter, the groundhog, has taken a liking to my precious watermelon.

I can not find his latest entry point. He is getting really clever.

Now for the positive updates.

There is a new watermelon in the beginning stages of forming,

9 new bell peppers growing and

2 additional beefsteak tomatoes on the tomato plant that I thought was a goner. So in total I have 3 beefsteak tomatoes.

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Surprise Surprise

In a previous post I asked for suggestions on what to do about my beefsteak tomatoes as all the leaves were curling but everything was still green and seemingly growing fine.

This afternoon I took a visit to the garden and to my surprise there is a tomatoe growing!

There are still a few blooms so maybe I will get a few more.

I am glad I did not cut it down.

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