Ornamental gourds grow well here along fences (if you set them up with a drip system - they are very needy when it comes to moisture) and for awhile, had a GREAT line up of gourds that were wide and flat like bowls, 2 foot long handled ones that looked like ladels, bird house, you name it. I found my wood burning tools, carving tools and I was all ready to harvest them and begin decorating them later this year. NOT ONE MADE IT. SQUIRRELS. I'm so disgusted...they cut them off, break into them, and leave them half eaten rotting on the ground. GRRRRR!
On another note, does anyone know anything about keeping bees? A friend of mine has just started doing bees. She ordered a bee starter kit from a place nearby that starts you out with a queen and some workers, and you go set them up and let them start making honey. I thought it sounded like a neat idea - I actually have several acres of good places to put bees.
Just playing with the thought - would be nice to have some honey - mentioned it to hubby (who loves honey) and figured I'd get the usual 'ok - let me know what we need to build/etc' (his hobby is construction projects-the latest being my HUGE and wonderful chicken coop) well I've never seen anyone get so excited. I guess I need to read up on bees and figure out what kind of flowers I need that I don't already have...crape myrtles are supposed to be a good start??
Clippityclop is finally getting to spend some time in the saddle!