Get Your Gourds Into the Garden!

Mummy is participating the the great gourd growing project. However, her gourd does not look anywhere as big (or healthy) as this one.

The Gourd Project

Spring has been and gone here in Whanganui, with the usual flurries of rain, wind, sun, rain, wind, sun. December has brought beautiful warm sunny weather, with regular rain; perfect growing conditions for gourds and other summer annual plants.  After a long delay, our biggest and healthiest gourds have been planted outside.

Not all the gourd seeds have sprouted, which is  disappointing. Even more disappointing for some gourd-growers, is the little tender plants that have been eaten up by slugs and snails. If you don’t want to use a poisonous slug-bait, one suggested method to keep slugs and snails away is a mulch of crushed egg-shells, which are sharp against soft snail bodies. Will this work? I’m not at all sure, but it doesn’t do any harm to try it.


Crushed egg-shell mulch to keep snails away

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5 Responses to Get Your Gourds Into the Garden!

  1. Hope your mummy’s gourds grow like weeds and she gets the biggest one.

  2. hope your Mommy’s gourd wins the grand prize!

  3. Bev Green says:

    Sending Gourd mojo for mums Gourd…they can get hugeeeee heheehe i have two little tiny sprigs of Pumpkins much fro summer here back to winter with hail rain and 4c temps grrrrrr…Hugs Fozziemum xxx

  4. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Looks picture perfect. Yumm

  5. tylersat99 says:

    Good Luck to your Mom this year on getting her gourds to grow really big. Hope she has a winner:-)

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