The Q&A Archives: Drying gourds

Question: I raised some guords in my flower bed. They are huge and are trying to turn brown. Do I pick them and hang them to continue the drying process or do I leave them in my yard on the vine?

Answer: To harvest, let the gourds ripen on the vine until the stems turn brown. Then allow them to dry fully on a rack with good air circulation. You can wax, varnish, or shellac them when they're completely dry.

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