|Who Doesn't Like Gourds, Oct. 2, 2013|
|Mold Is Not All Bad, Feb 23, 2014|
They were covered in various types of mold, which is good, but they would require a good soaking in water and bleach before they were ready to be scrubbed.
Even with the mold, aren't they lovely?
So I filled my bucket of gourds with some bleach and water.
I needed to find a simple solution to keep them all submerged since they all floated.
A wet towel weighted down with rocks was perfect.
I let them sit in the water over night and much of the mold and dirt fell right off.
Again. So pretty.
Next, I scrubbed the little guys to take of the natural waxy coating to reveal the smooth, hard gourd skin underneath.
Not all of it came off easily, and many of them will need another soaking and scrubbing, but there is only so much elbow grease in these elbows.
Back on the ladder they went until I can do the touch ups and hopefully the last of the gourds that are not dry yet. Then I have something in mind for them that I think will be a lot of fun to do.
I had no idea that this project would last so long when I planted those seeds way back in June 2013.
|So Far So Good, June 9th, 2013|
|A Happy Day In The Garden, Oct. 14, 2013|