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