Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My first attempt leads to plots and plans

     This is my first attempt at growing anything other than perennials. This is an heirloom seed for dipper gourds used to dip water from a bucket dropped down into a well. My long range goal across the street at the historic property at which I now volunteer is to create a small fenced in kitchen garden. I have located wooden split rail fencing at the local big box home and garden store, I think I can fence in the small yard behind the Old Kitchen for about a hundred dollars. 

     By growing these gourds I have discovered that the light is not the same on both sides behind the Old Kitchen (c late 1830s). The right side gets sun all day, the left side only gets light from noon to sundown.
There is a huge difference in how the gourds have grown. One side is 12 feet high and hanging with gourds, the other side is barely knee high. 

     This winter I hope to sell the dried gourds to raise money for the garden projects. Would you give a five dollar donation to help restore the gardens at a historic property? i am hoping people will, as a keepsake from their tour of the mansion. 
     Next Spring I need to get the seeds started much earlier, which is hard to do when you are teacher as I am. Spring is a busy season for me. I also have decided to get some 12 foot posts and grow the vines up on wire mesh - high and up off the ground makes the handles long and straight. I have all this winter to plot and plan. 


  1. When I was teaching I was always getting my garden in weeks later than everyone else. Now I am in competition with people who start their tomatoes in greenhouses in February. I find the shade factor to be something I never figure out until it is too late. I think the gourds would be a great thing to use for a fundraiser. I found a swan necked gourd to grow one year. I never got gourds but the plant had the most beautiful bloom on it. A fenced in historic garden sounds like a lot of fun. Being for display purposes makes it an artistic planting even though you can get produce off of it. I think of the gardens at the history farm museums where they recreate that early American plantings.

    1. Thanks Larry - I have really enjoyed working on the historic property and seeing the potential to restore the grounds and gardens.