Ornamental gourds grow as easily as zucchini. But unlike zucchini, there is no limit to what you can do with them. You can make bird houses, containers, pots and silly, whimsical decorations that belie the ugly process they go through as they harden. Once dried, gourds will keep indefinitely.
Growing gourds is easy and drying them is not much harder. In fact, they pretty much do it themselves. It just takes time and some of the tips given here.
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