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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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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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The Elusive Visitor

For me it is hard to capture the Swallowtail Butterfly as they do not sit still for long.

I managed to capture this beauty taking a quick break on my watermelon leaves.

He/She even decided to pay me little personal visit. Excuse my PJ’s😉

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Flower of the Day 9/6/19 – Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

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Flower of the Day 9/5/19

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
Jacques Prevert

Luffa Gourd Bloom

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Tightly Rolled

I cleaned out the weeds in the raised garden bed that was suppose to have cabbage in it but…. the worms, rodents or something ate them all down to the stem. So it became a great place for weeds to grow.

After I finished this particular area I find these two worms all nicely rolled up.

I have not been able to find out what types of caterpillars these are or what they will turn into… butterfly or moth. If you know please let me know.

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Flower of the Day 8/6/19 – Medicine for the Soul

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Luther Burbank

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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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Wordless Wednesday

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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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