Aramoho Playcentre was the first group to join the Whanganui Gourd Project, and now some of their seeds are up and growing! Snails and slugs will think these shoots are very tasty , so they will need to be protected.
Maybe you have your gourd seeds but they are sitting on the kitchen bench, or rattling around in the bottom of your bag. It’s time to get planting! So here’s what to do:
1. Come in to Whanganui Regional Museum to pick up your seeds!
2. Soak your seeds overnight to soften the outside coating.
3. Find a single small plant pot or a divided plant punnet.
4. Fill the pot with seed-raising mix.
5. Plant your seeds, pushing them below the surface of the soil.
6. Water your seeds, making sure they stay covered with soil.
7. Leave them in a sunny and sheltered spot to sprout. Keep the soil damp (but not soaking wet)
Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. The soil outside is warming up nicely, so now is a good time to plant gourd seeds. You can get them started in a sheltered spot. Use good quality seed raising mix and individual pots, or divided punnets, with one seed per chamber or per pot. When the plants have about 6 leaves, they can be transplanted outside into a sunny position where they can sprawl over the ground, or grow up a support, such as a fence a log or stump, or a trellis.