harvesting and storing birdhouse gourds
I have planted birdhouse gourds for the first time this year. Because I planted in a place that was a cattle barnyard years ago, the soil is very rich. I was not sure how many of the seeds would grow since I had never planted them before. I have at least 43 gourds, both birdhouse and swan varieties. What I am interested in, is how I can store them while they are drying this winter. I can put them in a barn or shed area, but because of the cold in Michigan, I wonder if that will hurt the gourds. I have so many, I will have a problem trying to find any room for them in an area that is heated, or above freezing temps for several months. Also, do I leave them in the garden area until the first frost? There has been a light frost in our area, but most of the vines are still somewhat green and are just beginning to dry and turn brown. Any and all advice would be appreciated. I look forward to painting and using these for active bird houses and gifts next year. Thanks.