Unfortunately, you're likely to run out of summer before your
gourds mature . . . depending on the variety, it generally takes
90-120 days from transplanting to first harvest. And,
honest-to-goodness, as long as you keep them in a dry spot,
they'll dry up on their very own over the course of a couple of
months after harvesting.
I hung my gourds up in the basement utility room where the furnace is
located. Each gourd was hung up so that it does not touch the others
(to avoid spreading rot). I lost about one gourd in 7 or 8 to rot.
The others dried nicely by spring and I remove the blotches with a mix
of 1/4 cup bleach and a drop of dishwashing liquid to a quart of
water. After drying you can prime/paint them or use an outdoor finsih
with UV protection. Harvest your gourds before frost or when the
vines dry up.
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