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21 July 2011 @ 10:42 pm
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Today was a pretty good day. I'm going to be making a my first official gourd harvest soon. Some of the vines are dying and the stems have turned brown. Those are ready to be picked. I'm looking forward to finding gourds I didn't know where hidden under the leaves too. There's a huge bottle gourd that appeared that I hadn't noticed and that's so cool. But it's not ready to be picked yet. And I'm getting so impatient with the horned melons. I have lots of them and can't wait for them to rippen. Some are starting to color up and can't wait to try my first one. Never had one so I have no idea what to expect taste wise. I've only seen pictures.

Oh the nepenthes front things are mostly going well. I think I'm going to lose my second plant though. My N. dubia has been getting worse and worse and I think it's because of the lack of humidity. I've been keeping it indoors because it's a highland plant. I've also been forgetting to put it in the cooler some nights and that might be bad for it. Today I put it outside for humidity, but it doesn't like heat so I dont' think that will do any good. Need to look into ways to make that chamber. Making the chamber isn't the hard part, it's keeping it cold at night that's hard. Oddly enough my N. Lowii and N. Sibuyanensis are doing great. Both are also highlands but I guess they don't need as much humidity as the "books" say. I'm thinking that dubia must be an ultra highlander though Lowii is too. And I've read that sibuyanensis won't pitcher unless the humidity is insanely high. I've got lots of pitchers coming in on that one. I've read where so many people can't get theirs to pitcher. Really I have no idea what I'm doing right with it. And my N. ventricosa black is doing well. The pitcher it had all died and some that were coming in died, but I think it's just from shipping shock. This one too came from Exotica Plants in Australia, to California and finally here to Florida. But it's recovering and the new pitchers aren't dying and most of all it's got a basal shoot. Basically he's got a new baby coming in. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with the basal. Will have to ask my buddy from Botanical Wonders.

I got to work on the garage. I'm so happy. You guys know I've been slowly hacking away at the boxes in there. I'm down to my last three boxes on the main wall. Woo hoo! This means REAL progress. I have made a huge dent in the mess we had and gotten rid of so much unnecessary junk. Now once that's all taken care of I can concentrate on the last wall which is much smaller, but more cluttered. Now sure where to put some of the things on that wall and though being less stuff I think will be the hardest one. But I'll definitely be happen when I can announce that I'm done on my main wall. I really wish I had taken a before picture. I think I didn't because it was shameful.

Oh yeah and two quizes behind the cut

What Animal are You?


You are a hawk. You are a serious and focused person. You're not a fan of distractions or delays and you like to tell it how it is. You can be easily annoyed, though are usually more mature than others. You enjoy solitude and being free.

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And this transformers one I got from suzidragonlady

Find out which Transformer you are at LiquidGeneration!

I'm not surprised. Really of all the transformers I really am a lot like Soundwave. I'm a listener and an archivist. Be careful what you say because I'll not only remember but quote it back when you least want it and probably even give you the date and where you were standing when you said it. But the link on the result didn't work. It redirects you to their main page. I had to click under games > Quizes and then it was on like page 4 or 5.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on July 22nd, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Mum and I had four little gourds we got at the grocery store, do you remember? We were gunna dry them out. Well, three of them went mouldy and now we have just one left :( We were very disappointed. They are not in a damp place, we chose the hall because it wasn't damp. Do you have any tips about where to put gourds to dry them?

Its really satisfying when you clear something and see the work you've done before you, especially if its been there a while. I keep trying to tidy my lounge but I need another cabinet to store things in and I don't have one.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on July 22nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yes I think I do remember that. The best way to dry them is on a wire shelf. That way they get air circulation all around. A cool dry place would be ideal. I'm currently drying a miniature gourd right now and need to get it on a wire shelf in the house. I have it on the window sill but worry about it rotting on the part its sitting on. All gourds get mouldy on the outside though. That's normal. So long as they aren't turning soft and can be pushed through. You want them to harden.

Yeah, when I started this it looked like I was getting nowhere. And it's taken so long it feels like what I've done hasn't helped. It's finally to the point that I AM seeing progress. Not having a place to store stuff is a pain and I hear you on that. This house doesn't have enough closets. We need more of that which is why we've been guying the plastic boxes.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Silvolf & Salvosilvolf on July 22nd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips! Oh dear, we threw the moldy gourd out. We should have checked to see if it was soft or not. We'll look after this last one!
Des: Birdhouse Gourdsthagirion on July 23rd, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
This site shows how to dry gourds. It's got two pics of a mouldy normal gourd and a bad gourd.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chisilvolf on July 23rd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I told Mum today about the moldiness and she said it hadn't gone soft at all. So we probably threw out a good gourd.
kabuldurkabuldur on July 22nd, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Wow, some of your gourds are ready already! I hope your horned melons ripen soon and that you like the taste of them!

I think growing Nepenthes must be hard. I think if I had some they would all die. Keeping the humidity up to them would be hard. A lot of the time it is humid here, but not all of the time. That N. ventricosa black would be cool. It's great that it is reproducing!

And congratulations on getting to the last three boxes on the main wall! It is hard to think of places to store all the things you want to keep, that's for sure.

The animal I got in the first quiz was a wolf...as usual!

Des: Cooper's Hawk Juvenilethagirion on July 22nd, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I may pick them today. Yeah I'm so excited about the horned melons. Have you ever had one? I think you said you had.

It's not, I just have difficult species. I really shouldn't have any highlands but I couldn't resist. There are several that grow well in low humidty as house plants.

Well I can get to them but I haven't emptied them yet. But soon! I'm almost there so I'm happy.

Cool. It's good to get consistent results.
kabuldurkabuldur on July 23rd, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
I have eaten horned melons, but not for a while. They were a little tastier than normal cucumbers. I am a big cucumber fan. Not all people are. You may find them too seedy. I like to crunch the seeds and have the middles spurt out :)
Cheezey: Evil Giant Pumpkincheezey on July 23rd, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
That's great that your gourds are almost ready. I hope you're surprised with a few new ones, too. I love that when you find stuff you never saw because of the leaves.

Glad to hear the Nepenthes are mostly doing well, too.
Desthagirion on July 23rd, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Actually I did find a surprise just now! I went under the arbor and found a decent sized Zucca that just started. All my other Zuccas shrivled and went bad. I hope this one makes it though it has a lot of bug bites. Here's hoping. That is such a fun thing about the gourd family.

Yeah they're doing good when chickens don't get into them.