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Gourd Tips

Gourd Tips

How do I Change the Light Bulb in my Gourd?

“How do I change the light bulb in my gourd?” This is a question we seem to be getting more lately so I thought I would post our video again for help. Some are not sure where the light bulb is and some just have problems getting either the pinch plug or base out of […]

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Birdhouse Tips for Nesting Birds

Some believe that it is too late to hang your birdhouses out because Spring is almost over, and Summer is coming but we disagree. I will agree that Spring is the most prevalent time for birds to build their first nest but there are many birds that will lay eggs several times during a nesting […]

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Planting Your Gourd Plant In Your Garden

Planting your gourd in your garden is a time of great optimism. The seed you planted into a pot about a month ago is ready to become a huge plant. Its roots have been confined to a small pot and this has kept your plant small. Once its roots get a chance to spread out […]

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How To Plant Gourd Seeds

How To Plant Gourd Seeds A few weeks before the last frost of the year is the best time to begin starting your gourd seeds inside your home or greenhouse. It takes a gourd seed about a week to germinate and then about two-three weeks to mature enough that it can be transplanted outside. This […]

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Gourd Farming Lesson #1: Choosing the Seeds

Hi, my name is Ben and I am the master gourd farmer for Meadowbrooke Gourds. I have spent the last twenty-five years of learning how to grow hard-shelled gourds. It has been a fun journey of a thousand mistakes and just as many successes. I’m not usually a slow learner, but mastering the growing of […]

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Our New Gourd Birdhouses and Tips to Help Them Last

Since the beginning of Meadowbrooke Gourds, we have been crafting birdhouse gourds. Over the course of many years, we have tried many different finishes. In the past, we used alcohol-based leather dyes (which fade), transparent paint (which peels), and now an oil-based dye and polyurethane coat. During the spring of 2014, we noticed we were […]

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How to Finish and Color Coat Your Gourds

Another great question that we get asked is “What do we use to color and finish coat our gourds?” It all starts in our finishing room. First, we need to color our gourds. We have a few different products that we use for coloring our gourds. The most common is the leather dye. Leather dyes […]

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Keeping your gourds safe

As time goes by there are questions we get at Meadowbrooke Gourds on a frequent basis. One of these questions is “How do I keep my gourd safe when I am ready to put it away for the season?” Here are a few tips for keeping your gourd in great shape year after year. Each […]

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Are My Gourds Rotting?

First off I would like to thank Janice Dean from the store Front Porch Gallery in Columbus, Georgia for the pictures and for allowing me to tell everyone about a common misconception about gourds. Each year, we get a few calls or e-mails asking the same question “Are my gourds rotting? They have spots on […]

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