If you have room in your garden this year, consider planting a few bottleneck gourd seeds. Just about any store that sells garden seeds will include the bottleneck gourd in their selection. This useful plant is easy to grow and will provide you with fun for several months to come.
If you read the care instructions for your bottleneck gourds, you will notice it states that these types of plants do not transplant well. Instead of messing around with jiffy pots and starting these seeds indoors, just wait until after the last freeze has passed and pop a few seeds under the soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist so that the seed casing will not sprout with your young gourd plant! So long as your gourd plant is in a sunny location and the soil is kept reasonably moist it will thrive.
To ensure that your gourds look great, it is recommended that you grow your gourds on a trellis. These guys are pretty aggressive climbers so your trellis could be as simple as a tall stake in the ground. By keeping your bottleneck gourds off of the ground, you can avoid bruises, dents, and other blemishes that could develop.
After several weeks, you will notice that your gourds are turning from a bright green into a pale tan color. This is a good indicator that your fruits are ripe and ready to be picked from the vine. Make sure to leave as must of the fruit's stem attached as possible so you can use it later for hanging!
Unfortunately, the next thing you have to do is wait a few months before you can make your birdhouse. Find a nice spot in your home that gets plenty of air circulation and allow your gourds to dry out. After a few months have passed, give your gourds a light shake. If you hear the seeds rattle around, it is time to make the birdhouse. If not â€“ give them a few more weeks to dry.
Turning your bottleneck gourd into a birdhouse is easy. All you need is a drill and a few bits. In the center of the gourd, use a large drill bit to create an opening for the birds. Using a smaller drill bit, add some holes to the bottom of your gourd so that water can drain out.
The rest is up to you. Get creative and decorate your birdhouse gourd any way that pleases you!