I was at a farm market the other day and fell in love with this beautiful dark green mottled gourd shaped like a goose or swan. I was told it was a goose gourd.
It is currently gracing the top of one of my tables in my front room. What can I do with it? How long can it sit on the table before it starts to rot, or will it? I'd love to dry it and do something with it, but I don't know what. How would I dry it, and how long can it stay on my table as decoration before I need to do something special to dry it?
I was also pondering whether to harvest the seeds (to grow more goose gourds!) or just buy a packet of seeds on-line . . . I'm guessing that I can't both "do something with it" and get the seeds in a viable form, correct?
Sorry about the newbie questions, but this is actually my very first gourd that I've had any interest in keeping! (It's also my first year growing veggies, and I have a pumpkin still growing as we speak, and am still harvesting yellow squash and beans, yum.)
I bought some smaller gourds (*no* idea what they are called; one looks like a mini pumpkin, another is a mini white pumpkin, another is a pumpkin-shaped orange and white striped, another is a crookneck-shaped gourd that's green and white). Would the answers to the goose gourd questions also apply to these gourds?