The children and I decided to work on our bird house gourds. We grew the gourds ourselves two gardens ago. At the end of their growing season they were pitched into the rafters of our barn for drying.
We have used the gourds over the last few seasons for various art projects, but this time they were turned into something of practical purposes....
The plan was simple, using a gourd no smaller than a 8 inch diameter, drill an entry hole, drill seep holes in the bottom, and two holes in the neck for hanging.
But first they had to be washed and scraped. I used a metal swatch to get the layer of mold off.
After they dried the holes were drilled and cut. We cleaned them out, collecting the seeds for use in the spring.
Then we painted them white.
Aubs eventually painted most of himself as well... good thing he wore his work hat...
Hopefully in the spring we will have a string of inhabited bird houses across our garden.
- Remember that when you invite the birds into eat the bugs from your garden you should not use pesticides.