What to do with my bushel gourd

andreapiesonOctober 30, 2006

I am mainly interested in preserving the seeds from the one bushel gourd that grew on the giant vine. What a sight to see, it is seven pounds and grew on the roof of my home. Being it is the only surviving gourd, I want to plant it again next year. I harvested the plant today and am unsure what to do with it now. Do I hang it to dry? Cut it open to remove and dry the seeds? If I can preserve both the seeds and gourd I would like to do something creative with the gourd itself, but my priority is the life of the seeds. Thank you for any tips. Andrea

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GardenKiwi(Z5 Michigan)

http://turtlefeathers.com/text/natural-products/growing/saving.html

There is a tutorial there you can check out.

If it was my gourd I would let it dry so that I could use it to craft - when you hear the seeds rattle inside cut the top off carefully so that it makes a nice bowl perhaps and then get the seeds.

You can also check at the American Gourd Society and other gourd sites for more information. If you have a big enough bucket you might want to try the water/rot method that Genepa has mentioned. You can also do a search on google for "gourd drying and seed saving" and see what you come up with.

Good luck and let us know how it all turns out.

Rita in Michigan

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