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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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In Formation

My Birdhouse gourds have started to form! So exciting to see!

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Like cotton

The Birdhouse gourd is another plant that I am growing in my garden. This plant seems to grow about 6 inches or more a day. As of today it is almost 5 feet tall already. Per different sites I read it can get upto 30 feet long in some cases. I hope not in this case since my trellis is only 18 feet.

Birdhouse Gourd

The leaves are pretty big and Arai wanted to touch them he says that they feel like cotton. I had to see for myself and it really does feel like cotton.

Arai and Amanee in the garden.

The kids ate just as excited as I am about how we are watching our plants become food.

Oh…. my pea flowers have turned into peas!

Peas!

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Sea of Yellow

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Once again I do not know its name. Prior to the blooms it look a something from the succulent family. Now with a sea of yellow star flowers I am not sure.

 

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