By Carol OMeara
Colorado State University Extension 

Goodness, it's gourds

 
Series: Carol OMeara | Story 3

October 9, 2019

Nino Barbieri Creative Commons

Many decorative gourds or ornamental gourds have long necks or warty skins, and are closely related to squash and pumpkins.

I picked up a packet of gourd seeds last spring with the thought that some of the little, colorful things would look great in my fall décor. I imagined tucking them into nooks near pumpkins, by straw bales and corn stalks, even hot gluing them onto a fall wreath. I should have stopped daydreaming and read the seed packet instead.

What these plants produced are not the four-inch, green-yellow-white table décor. Oh, no. I knew something was different when the first one swelled into a large, bulbous swan-neck gourd. Then another did the same, and a third looks as if farmers could use it...



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