How We Grew, Dried, and Painted Birdhouse Gourds

I told the story of our birdhouse gourds on my personal blog, Real Life, today.  Have you ever grown birdhouse gourds!  We had tons of fun!

When my husband brought home some birdhouse gourd seeds last spring, he was so excited about growing our own gourds, painting them and making birdhouses out of them. All I could think was, “Wow, that seems like a lot of work.”  But since he did the work of planting the garden, I smiled and said how neat that would be.

Well, it turns out they were not that much work at all! they take up quite a bit of space in your garden, since they are vines, but you can train them up a trellis or even a tree branch if space is limited.

We planted the gourds in the corner of our garden, and basically left them alone all summer! We used an organic pesticide method called Diatomaceous Earth, which is a powdered rock dust sprinkled on the plants.  It basically causes insects to dehydrate and kills them (aaawww, poor buggies!)

Then we harvested them, cleaned them, and left them in the basement to dry… all year.  You can get more detailed information about drying Birdhouse Gourds here.

This spring, we got our dehydrated treasures out of their dungeon, and made our Royal Bird Mansions!

Birdhouse Gourd

Click here to read the rest of the story, step by step, and see more pictures!