I harvested up about 50 mini gourds this past week and they are so brilliant looking …
For now I will decorate the place with the gourds and share with you what I learned “last year” about mini ornamental gourds. I purchased these at the stores during the fall and didn’t realize that most companies that sell mini gourds commercially will varnish them to make them glossy and more attractive looking. The varnish actually smothers the gourd and it will rot within a few months. Gourds need to dry out and varnishing holds the moisture in and doesn’t allow for this. I did learn this after a few started to rot on me and drilled a couple holes in the bottom so the moisture could escape and the gourds survived. They will lose all their brilliant colors after they dry and this is the time to craft with them. You can paint, stain or dye designs of your choosing or paint back some vivid colors and the gourds will last many years! I really did enjoy growing these ornamentals and look forward to creating some cool artwork with them once they dry out.
Some of the Jalapenos were ready to harvest along with the Rice Pea ..
I found the rice peas very interesting since I had never grown them before. They were very drought resistant and dried out very quickly out in the field and they taste good! I think they are a variety of cowpea but smaller; thus the name “rice”. I tried to find more information on them but all I could find was Baker Creek where I purchased them from. I did make up a spectacular soup with them tonight and will grow them again and again! I also canned up my first batch of tomatoes with the Amish Paste Tomato that I grew. I use the Roma machine with the attached motor and it really makes the job so much easier –
I quartered the tomatoes and ran them through the machine, then I cooked them down a bit so the sauce was thicker, added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a couple leaves of basil.
Great Day …. Great Week !!