Hi Steve, good to hear from you and thank you for those great seeds for giant pumpkins. I'm so bad. I meant to send you a thank you note before and I'm too good at procrastinating!!!
Thought I'd tell you what we were talking about at the Hog gathering yesterday because it's about birdhouses and how burning fades outside. It also molds and then you can no longer see the burn. I spent a long time burning one that is out in the bush by the house right now. I left it out all winter, which I maybe shouldn't have done. It's very moldy right now. During the discussion though, I learned that if I bring it in and wipe it with a weak bleach solution it might be ok. haven't tried yet.
Carolyn has heard that soaking the gourd in copper sulphate stops the molding process so I'll be trying that.
You may want to do a little research before you put too much time and effort into burning birdhouses. Yes, it is fun though, I know, I love burning too. But I'll probably only be doing indoor things now.
Hugs to you both, Debby
--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Steve Jenkins <portershill@...> wrote:
From: Steve Jenkins <portershill@...>
Subject: [cdngourdsociety] Good Morning from Bayfield
Received: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 11:04 AM
Hi Bonnie , Debby and to everyone in the group. Maxine and I live close to Lake Huron in the village of Bayfield. I enjoy growing gourds and sell them in our shop as bird houses and feeders. I received a Razertip
for xmas from my daughter so l am experimenting with pics of the cavity nesters that would use these houses as a way to make the house more saleable . The bonus is l enjoy the burning process.
Happy gourding from, Bayfield
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