Answer: Gourds, like other members of the squash family, grow as a vine and can be allowed to trail over the ground or grow upward onto a trellis. Mine have done best on a trellis or a fence. (Note that large gourds will need some support so they don't pull the vine off the trellis with their weight. Make a sling out of soft fabric and tie to the trellis.)<br><br>The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening published by Rodale<br>Press is a good reference. I have found it valuable to have. You can order it online at http://www.Amazon.com Your local bookstore will also carry a selection of gardening books, or you can borrow some from your library to see which ones you find most helpful. Neighbors are often a great source of information too. Gardeners certainly love to talk about their gardens!<br><br>Consider subscribing to National Gardening<br>Magazine. You can subscribe through the web site: http://www.garden.org<br><br>Your County Extension Office is a good source of help. The<br>office is located in Bartow. The telephone number is (941) 533-0765.<br> <br>And, of course, if you have specific questions, feel free to submit another question via the web site!
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