Answer: Gourds should be harvested at the end of summer, after the stems have turned brown, but before the first frost. If harvested too soon, they won't dry well. If left too long, frost will soften the fruit and ruin it. Harvest by cutting the stem from the vine. Wipe each gourd with a soft cloth dipped in a mild bleach solution and place on a wire rack to dry, making sure there's space between them to allow for good air circulation. They will dry best indoors in a warm, dry area with ample air circulation. Your cellar is probably too cool and damp for satisfactory results. Following the above suggestions should help you successfully dry gourds.
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