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Bird House Gourd Storage

Posted by exmar 6 SE Ohio (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 2, 12 at 13:25

Hi Folks,

Researched storing bird house gourds in this forum and the consensus (sp?) seemed to be leave them in the garden over winter. Great idea, but due to rotation, will need that space come October to plant Garlic (French Music). So will need to harvest and move to the barn. Thinking of putting them on chicken wire strung between the ceiling joists, that way they'll get plenty of air flow.

A related question is, do mice damage them in storage. Have a major field mouse problem in the barn. I put down D-Con, TomCat, etc. begining in September and continue through the winter. Not going into the damage caused to small and large engines by the little kritters.

Thoughts, opinions welcomed.

Thanks for your time,


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RE: Bird House Gourd Storage

Yes mice will eat them. I store mine in metal trash cans, though they are dried before I do that. How many do you have? If it isn't many you could just let them dry in your basement or something. Anywhere that you can keep the mice out will work. And as an FYI they will eat through plastic bins to get to the gourds, that is why I use metal for long term storage.

If you can get chicken wire with small enough holes I would recommend wrapping and sealing the gourds in chicken wire. That would provide a physical barrier to keep the mice out, but still have plenty of air flow.

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