Re: [gardeners] gourd harvest

George Shirley (
Tue, 05 Nov 2002 17:34:22 -0600

I've always just hung them in an area that is dry and somewhat warm.
Once they dry enough the seeds rattle you can start working with them.
Down here in humid Louisiana they get mildew on the outside so we wipe
them with a weak solution of bleach and water. The only ones I've saved
were Hercules War Club gourds of about 3 or 4 feet long by 3 or 4 inches
in diameter. I cut a hole, dropped in two or three marbles and then
shook the heck out of them. Then the seeds and marbles were poured out
in a bucket, repeat with the marbles as needed and proceed with crafts
projects. HTH


Teressa Kandianis wrote:
> Does anyone out there know how I process large gourds after harvest?  I
> waited until after my first hard frost when the vines had died and cut them
> with some stem.  Now what?
> My garden is getting a good few inches of horse manure courtesy of my
> norwegian fjord pair and I'm also expropriating some sand from the round pen
> where it was too deep for good footing.  My clay soil is getting better each
> year.
> Any and all gourd advice welcome.  Teressa K. in NW Washington where it has
> been dry and cold and sunny.