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Gourd Life in Springtime 2018

Springtime is a gourd time.  Not only do gourd farmers, like my 17 year old son, start plotting gourd sites, picking out gourd seeds and raising trellises, but it is the time to start collecting last year’s harvest from the fields.  Through winter’s snow, sleet and freezing rain, these stoic vegetables remain strong (or at least most of them do!), and then, the great Springtime gourd reveal begins.  Who made it?  Who didn’t?  Sometimes only a good scrub will decide.     Springtime is also 2018 show planning time.  Shows are not just about selling my work, but about seeing a...

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Gourd Birdhouses for Mother's Day

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Gourd Birdhouses for Mother's Day

I’ve been monitoring my many gourd birdhouses and waiting to see those little birds bring nesting material into their new homes.  It has been a cold spring, but I am seeing some birdhouse scouting around my home in New York.  Gourd birdhouses make cozy homes for your neighborhood birds.  Many think “Purple Martins” when they hear “Gourd Birdhouse”, but many birds will nest in gourds!  Cavity nesters are the most likely to take up residence in a gourd.  These include swallows, chickadees, wrens, woodpeckers, great crested flycatchers, titmice, screech owls, kestrels and nuthatches. Though each bird has its own requirements...

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Gourd Types and Shapes

Gourd Types and Shapes

Just as the edible squashes come in many different varieties, so too do the hard-shelled, ornament gourds. Here is a short list of the most common hard-shell gourd shapes by name with pictures. 

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What Is A Gourd?

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What Is A Gourd?

Gourds are climbing or trailing plants that produce large fruit, and they include our favorite Halloween decoration: the pumpkin! Read our overview for more information.

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From Gourd Art to Just Art

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From Gourd Art to Just Art

Hello fellow gourd and cat lovers! Happy 2017!   This is the year of new and exciting creative outlets.  While I will never leave my beloved gourd medium, I must admit, I am tempted by the prospect of branching into other artistic endeavors.  Inspired by the fact that putting my cat designs on an article of clothing, a pillow, or a rug gives it another dimension of functionality, I have decided to start my t-shirt experiment.   The first part of the experiment was to order t-shirt samples...  soft... with high resolution designs... with my cats!    When they arrived from the printer, I tore open...

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