The gourd did great! I never thought gardening could mean grow containers, but aparently it can! I think this is an interesting garden direction. We must import and pay for unsustainable other things besides food, so growing them is just as helpful as food. I think, since the bushel gourd did so well this year, I will probably not grow it again for another 2 years.
On a side note, though tangentally related in some ways, I had hung a small basket with extra seed from the tree lawn tree and today at our side door a bag of produce arrived with a thank you note for some cucumber seed. It warmed my heart, and if growing community is part of permaculture and homesteading in the city (which I think it is), then that's a good sign and I hope to some day make a seed share house and hang it from the tree so that seed sharing can be a little more official than a sign taped to a basket, along with a pumpkin patch for ages 10 and under in our front yard, and the Peyah (based on the biblical corner of the field).
Jason Padvorac wrote:I had a similar experience with wheat -- I had a patch of about 25 plants (growing out some rare seed), and a bunch of heads got eaten. I think growing grains in small quantities makes them more exposed to rodent predation. There is a small patch ripe at any given time, so the local population can consume a large portion of the total in one go. Whereas if you had a quarter acre of wheat, say, for most of the year that isn't providing much or any nutrition for the local rodents, then all of a sudden they would have a ton of it to eat, and wouldn't be able to dent it as hard before it was harvested.
What are you using the gourds as containers for? And are you not growing for 2 years because it made enough containers for you, or for some other reason?
That is wonderful!