Autumn is here and the gourds in the hanging garden are dying back to reveal a menagerie of bottle, birdhouse, luffa, and canteen gourds waiting to be picked.
Yes, I've neglected the yard all autumn. Fortunately, the gourds in the hanging garden don't seem to care. Can you count the number of varieties in this photo?
Pulled last year's dried gourds off the trellis to make way for this year's vines in the hanging garden. Now I've got a wheelbarrow full of gourds.
We're cleaning up last year's hanging gourd garden to make way for this year's. Since many of the gourds aren't fully dried just yet, we're hanging them on the fence to let them finish. But as you can see in the video, there are plenty more still overhead.
The gourds from last year's hanging garden are still drying on the vine, but I'm getting this year's vines started now. This year I'm adding luffa to the mix.
Winter is well on it's way and the wind and weather are taking their toll on the hanging gourd garden. Here's a final walk through the garden before it's gone for another year.
Just for giggles I strung a couple of cheap solar-power light strands in the hanging gourd garden and this is the result. Sometimes I surprise even myself.
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
The hanging gourd garden is doing well in the heat. A couple of weeks ago I wasn't sure which gourds were growing, but now I can see it's birdhouse, bowl and bottle.
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.