Gourd vines climbing up the trellis in the hanging garden
The warm weather kicked the gourd plant’s growth into overdrive. One plant already crossed the supports over the raised bed and made it the trellises. As a result, I had to hurry up and pull last year’s gourds down before they got buried under fresh vines.
Now that I’m done, I’ve got a wheelbarrow full of assorted dry gourds and another 15 green ones hanging on the fence to cure.
Last year’s dried gourds pulled off the trellis
Green gourds hung on the fence to dry
For this year’s hanging garden, in addition to the bottle, canteen and dipper gourds from last year, I added luffas to the mix. They’re a little behind the others in terms of growth, but I have no doubt they’ll catch up in a couple weeks.
Come mid-summer this should be a leafy, shady oasis in the desert heat.
It's 2pm on a very hot September day and this is my gourd garden. The shade makes it 10 degrees cooler and the southerly breeze is perfect. Plus gourds! Building it is the best $10 investment I've made in a long time
Earlier this summer I trellised the gourds to keep them from invading the vegetable garden. Now I have a hanging gourd garden that's filling in beautifully and providing shade for lettuce in an area that usually bakes in the summertime.
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.