Picking Out Fall Gourds


You ready for a Fall field trip? We gotta get some gourds and enjoy the scenes of fall. Jump in and take a ride with me! 



Off we go!  To a plant farm where you'll see much more than this amazing planted Chevy. It's a beautiful day and I've got some key tips to share with you about picking out fall gourds. 

But first, you've gotta see these sights...






The fall foliage is fantastic. Say that fast five times!







Oh Yes. Lots more than plants to look at. Loads of really great rusty junk...




And even older modes of transportation than the Chevy.










There's a few farm animals...












You can't ride the donkey but she loves a good ear scratching!

You can ride the straw pony after making your way through the hay bale maze. Er... that is, the kids can ride it. ;)




And last, but not least, you can pick up a few plants and gourds. Oh right...that's what we came here for.



Here are a few quick tips about picking out gourds:


  • Ideally you'll want to visit a patch where they leave gourds on the vine until, or just before, the first light frost.  
  • Add a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of soapy water and wash the gourds to delay any mold taking hold.
  • Give 'em a natural glow with a light coat of non-glossy floor wax.
  • Pumpkin shells should be hard and shiny. If you can puncture a pumpkin shell with your fingernail it was harvested too early and is prone to rot.


You're going to laugh at what I did with these gourds! Check out Gobbler Gourds for the full scoop.




You might also like these easy Fall napkin rings.


Do you have any Fall Field Trips planned?






More Fall Field Trip Adventures:
Feels Like Fall
Picnic Tote
Nature's Hues: Early Fall

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18 comments:

Maureen Hayes said...

This looks like a lovely day trip! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and the great gourd and pumpkin buying tips!

Liz said...

Great post! I love all the pictures you made (especially the one of the donkey)! Have a nice weekend! Liz

Bliss said...

There is that awesome truck again. Taunting me.

~Bliss~

Babs said...

Fall field trips are so much fun... love the plantings in the old pick up truck! Great Fall foliage and tips for picking gourds, too.
Have a great weekend,
Babs

suzyq said...

I'm with Bliss on this one - kept going back to look at your truck - only a diy'er could appreciate that beautiful " patina "
Loved your post!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

How fun! 'Love all the beautiful photos! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Lisa @ akawest said...

It looks you had a lot of fun.
I am your newest follower from the Network Blog Hop!
Lisa
akawest.com

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day, loving that truck. Actually I loved all the pictures and the fall napkin rings. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Donna Wilkes said...

I have a thing for old rusty trucks and this one is love at first sight! I love gourd gathering season. I use to paint about 60 Santa gourds for gifts, but stopped several years ago. I miss the annual gourd trips. Thanks for taking us along with you!

DearHelenHartman said...

What a wonderful field trip. I used to take my children on day trips to find treasures like these. This makes me want to go again, even if the 'kids' are too grown up to tag along.

Bobi Jensen said...

I love, love, love these pictures!

Bobi
http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

Swede Dreams said...

Lovin that truck and all the florals in the back!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

A great collection of awesome photos! Good tips on the gourds.
Saw you sharing at NY Melrose Family
Debbie :)

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

I just love all the beautiful things there to photograph! What a fun time.

Joani said...

So adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Great Fall field trip... Your gourd gobblers are adorable! We have loads of places around here that have wonderful rusty old farm equipment laying out in the pastures. The hubbers and I love taking drives in the country and snapping photos of them. I have to say, that's the first truck bed I've ever seen fully planted. Gorgeous!

Baking with Blondie said...

Looks like so much fun! Loved visiting your blog - and I'll have to remember your wonderful tips about the gourds! Thank you!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Thanks for the tips, I'll use them for sure this season! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!