Plant of the Month: Bird House Gourds

Bird House Gourds are growing like crazy at the Food Forest.  They are also known as Calabash, or Bottle Gourds.  Each of these flowers–

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Photo by Steve McKindley-Ward

Should produce one of these gourds–

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Photo by Kathy Shollenberger

Wouldn’t you love to hang a Bird House Gourd in your back yard?

When they are ready this fall, harvest one and put it in a dry place in the basement or garage.  Pull it out next spring and cut a wren-sized hole (1 and 1/8 inches), clean out the insides, and poke holes in the tip for hanging with twine.

Please note that male wrens build several nests at once to attract a female, so it could look like you’ve got wrens settling in, but it might be not be their nest of choice in the end.

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