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seling ornamental gourds to fund yearly garden expenses

 
Thelma McGowan
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Location: western Washington, Snohomish county--zone 8b
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My small ornamental gourd patch is starting to die back as the nights are getting cooler. and i can see all the little gems that have grown there. I grow  mini gourds and pumpkins to sell to the Flower Shop for fall arrangements and decorating. People go crazy for all the little baby pumpkins and warty bright colored gourds.

I have a very small CASH CROP and usually get between 125-200 to sell. I usually make about $75 by the end of the season...that is not much but it covers all my seeds and a new tool or something for the garden....so that ensures that the food from garden really is free.

I have also grown ornamental corn witch is very easy to do...but my space is currently too small as the ornamental corn crosses the sweet corn and that tastes like a cross between leather and starchy potatoes ;0(    any way the corn is also an easy sell people will by a dozen just because it is so pretty

any body have suggestions of other easy resale crops??
 
Shawn Bell
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Thelma,

I've thought about planting some of the bigger gourds, and turning them into dippers and bird houses and other crafty items to sell.

I will probably use your ornamental gourd idea too, although being in SC, I don't think I will steal very many of your customers.

Thanks,
Shawn
 
Thelma McGowan
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The biggest competition is the grocery stores. BUT They sell the minis for qiite a high price so it is easy to out price them.

I sell my gourds for more of a wholesale price.

The best thing is that they grow so easy and in a permaculture garden they fit in nicely
 
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You might be interested in this site:

http://www.americangourdsociety.org/
 
Thelma McGowan
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great link....some very beautiful and surprising art!
 
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