You can go traditional, contemporary, country or eclectic when you design your front porch, entryway, door, courtyard or other outdoor space for the fall.
Go ahead, help yourself to one or more of the gourds and squash grown this summer. Share the wealth!
Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
If your victory garden has produced lots of pumpkins, squash and gourds, proudly show off your bounty by displaying it in attractive planters on the front porch. If you're in a sharing frame of mind, post a sign that says something along the lines of "Take Some, Please."
Gourds are annual vines that thrive in summer heat and warm soil. One of the most popular gourds for home gardens is the yellow-flowered Cucurbita pepo ovifera, which produces small gourds in a variety of shapes, and with or without stripes. The vines themselves grow quickly up to 10 to 15 feet.
How do you know when a gourd is ready for harvest? When the vine's tendrils appear to have withered or died. Try to leave some of the stem on the gourd for decorative purposes and for easier handling.