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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

Drying Gourds Dry a few of your own gourds for decorations in your home or gard

Dry a few of your own gourds for decorations in your home or garden. 

Harvest ornamental gourds when the stems are dry and brown and the shell is hard, glossy, and brightly colored. Wash off any dirt and dip the gourds in a weak solution of bleach water or wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol.
Place gourds on a slatted tray or flat surface in a dark well-ventilated area to dry.  Don’t let the fruit touch as one rotten gourd can spoil the bunch. Allow the gourds to cure for about a week.  Discard any soft or rotten fruit.
Continue the drying process in a warm dark ventilated location.  Turn regularly and check for mold.  Wipe off any mold that appears and return to drying.  Discard any shriveled or decayed gourds.
Your gourd is completely dried when the shell is hard, gourd is lightweight, and you can hear the seeds rattle inside.
A bit more information:  Look for new ideas for using and decorating your gourds at local art shows and gourd festivals.  Visit the Amish gourd website for a list of gourd festivals.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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