Goards

Lagenaria siceraria (Bird House Gourd)

Life: Annual
Size: 10-15′ tall, 2-3′ wide
Light: Full Sun
Water: Normal to Moist
Soil: Neutral to Acidic, Sandy Loam to Some Clay

 

Grown mostly for its fruit, a pear-shaped gourd up to a foot long that can be carved into decorative birdhouses or other fun objects. Dry them and remove the seeds first, and then craft your handiwork with ordinary tools. A small hole will invite birds such as wrens, while a larger hole can accommodate martins and the like. Be sure to drill some tiny drain holes in the bottom so that any rainwater that gets in doesn’t stagnate and flood the nest. A summer crop, it requires a strong support for climbing to keep the gourds from rotting on the ground.