**I LOVE plants that can be neglected and still thrive well!**
**GROWN ON OUR FARM HERE IN TENNESSEE **
**** TOMATO GOURD ****
TOMATO GOURD.... The Tomato Gourd is true to its name, strongly resembling a real tomato! These green, small gourds were traditionally used to fool on-comers! Will grow up to 2.8 inches in diameter.
Sow 5 seeds evenly spaced in hills, 8 inches high and 12 inches across. young vines should have a fence, trellis, or heavy cord on which to climb.
When young vines are about 8 inches, thin to 3 plants per hill.
To dry gourds, wait until the fruit is fully developed and hard enough to pick from the vines. Pick before frost. To preserve, wash thoroughly. Store in a dry, well-ventilated place until thoroughly dried out and hard. Can then be waxed or painted red just like a tomato!