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Drying Large Gourds

Posted by GreenJay NENC (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 21, 05 at 17:18

I have an old concrete pad in my yard that a shed used to sit on . I was wondering if I could place my gourds on it to dry . The spot receives plenty of full sun, and theres always a nice breeze, especially this time of year , here in coastal N.C.
I didn't know if the concrete might too hard or something for them during the drying process .
I did hope , however that the gourds might even dry faster there from the heat build-up in the concrete . I thought that a nice, dry,warm, concrete pad might be better than cool damp ground

Anyone have any ideas or experiance to share.
These gourds are DEFINATELY way too big to hang in panty hose , some being up to 36 inches around .
Many Thanks !

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RE: Drying Large Gourds

Hi Jay,
I think they should dry just fine on the concrete. Just check them every few weeks for soft spots or sunken sides that could lead to rot.
Mold and peeling skin is fine. Just be patient and watch that someone like me, with gourd envy doesn't come along and pilfer a few of your fine gourds.


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